Winter is firmly here and with it the onslaught of viruses that seem to affect us only in Winter.
Did you evet stop and wonder why this only happens in Winter? Why is it that in Summer we can remain largely illness free but yet when November hits you can catch every cold doing the rounds.
There are several theories as to why this is. The most popular is that it is simply due to people being indoors more which provides an easy way for viruses to spread. Whilst I agree this could be one of the factors leading to an increase in illness, I am firmly of the view that it is a lack of vitamin D which is the main culprit. For those of us living in the UK, our Vitamin D stores are depleted by mid-November. Years ago we would spend far more time outside in Winter when sunlight could still get to our skin and begin the process of manufacturing Vitamin D in our body. Nowadays the reality is that most of are indoors during daylight hours in the winter. Weeks can go by without our skin having the chance to catch the sun’s rays. Of course it is also possible to get Vitamin D from food. Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon are excellent sources as well as cheese and egg yolks. However, in Winter you would need to eat large volumes of these to boost your Vitamin D levels.
Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to a compromised immune system as well as many other illnesses. Rickets has seen a reappearance in children in the UK. Studies are now linking this to the use of high factor sunscreen throughout the summer which is totally blocking the skin from synthesising the sun’s rays to create Vitamin D.
In order to counteract this deficiency, I advocate the use of a Vitamin D supplement from the months of November to March. My children and I all use a Vitamin D spray, widely available (on Amazon etc.) by a company called Better You. The spray is called DLux and the 1000iui strength is perfect for adults with the Infant spray better for children.
It is now possible to easily test your Vitamin D levels via a finger prick test. Contact me if you would like more information on this.