The winds are picking up, the rain is pouring, the nights are getting darker and yes, the heating is officially on – that’s right, it’s autumn! And with autumn comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Months of sneezing, coughing and stuffy heads, but there is a way to help keep these viral germs at bay – daily Vitamin D!
A study published in the British Medical Journal earlier this year found that taking Vitamin D supplements can help protect against acute respiratory infections like the common cold, flu and even pneumonia. As we know, Vitamin D is vital for bone and muscle health but it could have benefits beyond that when it comes to infections of the sinuses, throat, lungs, and airways.
Lead researcher Professor Martineau, from Queen Mary University of London, stated that “The bottom line is that the protective effects of vitamin D supplementation are strongest in those who have the lowest vitamin D levels and when supplementation is given daily or weekly rather than in more widely spaced doses.”
The sun is finally out here in the UK and it’s definitely feeling like Summer! But that doesn’t mean you should scrimp on your Vitamin D intake. We know that sunlight is a great natural method of making Vitamin D in your body, but how do you know you’re getting enough?
Studies show that you need around 10 minutes of sunshine a day to get your Vitamin D fix. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds – first of all, sitting by a window or in the car won’t work as the glass will block out UVB rays. Secondly, to get the right amount of Vitamin D by sitting in the sun, you’ll need to skip the sunblock! Something we don’t recommend too often due to the sun’s harmful rays. Thirdly, we know that everyone is different – some people spend a lot of time indoors all day (due to illness, disability or working conditions, for example), cover their skin for religious reasons or work, have different skin pigmentation and, of course, living here in the UK, we sadly don’t get much sun, even in the summer months!
It’s important for our bodies to get enough Vitamin D daily to ensure we stay strong and sharp throughout the years. Not only does it help us contribute to normal blood levels of calcium, but also to the maintenance of normal bones, the maintenance of normal muscle function and the normal function of our immune system.
So, what can you do to help boost your Vitamin D intake this summer? Well, why not try SunVit-D3’s convenient supplements? It’s a cost-effective way to give you the peace of mind to ensure you’re staying healthy throughout the year. Our bestselling 400IU & 800IU tablets or capsules will provide you with the perfect amount of Vitamin D, even if you’re out and about in the sunshine daily.
If you’re concerned you are not getting enough Vitamin D overall, you can take a home test with our SunVit-D3 Vitamin D Blood Test Kit. It’s a convenient way to truly know if you have low levels or to regulate your vitamin D intake, without the need to visit your GP.
We can now inform you that our SunVit-D3 1,000 IU Tablets are certified by Informed-Sport and Informed-Choice and have undergone an extensive procedure carried out by the anti-doping laboratory LGC Sport and Specialised analytical service to ensure that it is free from a wide range of substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Almost 99% of your vitamin D supply is used for regulating the calcium in the body with the remaining part utilised for strengthening the immune system and maintaining muscle strength, all of which have benefits for dancers. Long hours training inside, especially in winter can lead to low levels of vitamin D due to a lack of sunlight. So why should dancers consider supplementing?
An extensive review carried out by The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has suggested that everyone over the age of one needs to consume 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day in order to protect bone and muscle health. Public health officials say, in winter months, people should consider getting this from 10 microgram supplements, if their diet is unlikely to provide it.
Vitamin D3 is important for us all, some more so than others. In November 2014 the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) published their new guidelines for increasing Vitamin D supplement use amongst high risk groups.
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The influence of winter vitamin D supplementation on muscle function and injury occurrence in elite ballet dancers: A controlled study by Matthew A. Wyon, Yiannis Koutedakis, Roger Wolman, Alan M. Nevill, Nick Allen.