Muscle and joint pain may indicate a lack of vitamin D. ‘We need it to help our body absorb nutrients like calcium and phosphorus, for strong bones and healthy muscles,’ says Suzie. ‘Vitamin D also helps to regulate blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health by protecting blood vessels.’ Research published in the British
Medical Journal suggests that more than 3,000,000 of us could avoid
colds and flu if we took vitamin D
Latest findings show that
23% of us are deficient in vitamin D throughout the year, and this figure rises to 40% in winter.
Boost your vitamin D levels by: Spending 20-30 minutes outdoors with skin exposed whenever it’s sunny. This is because vitamin D is produced as a result of the interaction of the sun on the skin.
Eating vitamin D-rich foods, such as oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna); dairy, wholegrains and fortified foods such as bread and cereals.