- I bet you don’t have enough of this vitamin in your system
- Everyone needs it – especially in the dark months
- Flu prevention, stronger bones, less muscle pain, better mood… the list of benefits is endless – take a look for yourself: The Missing Vitamin
I’m not a betting man…
But I’d wager with almost complete confidence that you don’t have enough of this essential vitamin in your system.
And even if you are one of the tiny minority who DO at this very moment…
By December you’ll probably be depleted.
It’s so important, because without enough of this vitamin you’re likely to experience the following:
• Sore, stiff joints
• Weaker bones
• Low immunity to colds and flu
• Less protection against serious disease
• Depression, anxiety and fatigue
The more elderly or physically vulnerable you are, the more damaging these problems will be.
Back in 2016, government health officials revealed that one in five adults had insufficient levels of Vitamin D in their systems – but many critics said that it was likely this percentage was far lower, particularly in winter, and that your age makes a difference.
It could be that as much as, 95% of older people in the general population are deficient in Vitamin D. There simply isn’t enough in our diets and, when the dark winter months begin, we don’t get enough from sunlight either.
This is why I’m willing to bet that you’re one of them –that is, unless you are taking something like this which delivers 1000iu of vitamin D instantly! Find out about our recommended vitamin D spray
Why even healthy folk are at risk
By the way, I don’t mean to cast aspersions on your diet or lifestyle – this is an almost unavoidable health problem in the UK and Northern Europe, as well as parts of Canada and the USA. Even if you eat well and get regular exercise, you will probably not have enough vitamin D in winter.
And make no mistake, this isn’t about lacking a minor vitamin that could help you feel a bit better or that might make you a ‘bit’ more susceptible to illness.
This a really serious health problem with huge consequences, both in the short term and long term.
Just look at what vitamin D can do for you (and what happens if you don’t have high enough levels).
• Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body, keeping bones, teeth and muscles healthy. It is key in preventing osteoporosis and deficiency can cause something known as ‘osteomalacia’ – symptoms include severe bone pains and muscle aches.
• A study published in the Journal of Gerontology in 2012 showed that low levels of vitamin D caused a 30% increase in mobility problems for the elderly.
• It’s also essential for immunity against cold and flu. This is because Vitamin D acts as a antimicrobial agent, helping to create up to 300 peptides in your body that can kill bacteria and viruses. A study published in the British Medical Journal in February showed that daily Vitamin D supplements could prevent more than three million people a year falling ill with a cold or chest infection. In fact it can HALF your chances of getting a respiratory infection.
• Your long term health could be at stake. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that you can lower your risk of getting cancer by more than 50% simply by boosting your vitamin D levels.
• Back in 2009 Dr Frank Garland, Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California in San Diego claimed that increasing our Vitamin D intake by 2,000 IU, could lower breast cancer and colorectal cancer cases by 21%-32% each year.
• And if you tend to feel low or depressed in winter, more good news. Recent research suggests that vitamin D affects the amount of chemicals known as ‘monoamines’ (for instance, serotonin) in your brain. So vitamin D could help maintain a sunnier, more positive outlook in the darker, winter months, where people become more prone to depression.
The official line goes that we need to consume at LEAST 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day in order to maintain high immunity levels, as well as to protect bone and muscle health.
Yes, it can help if you up your intake of oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, as well as liver and eggs. These all contain some vitamin D.
But even if you can manage to afford these foods every day, and you have the time and skill to regularly cook meals with these ingredients, then you should still seriously consider a supplement.
As the scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition said back in 2016, EVERYONE should consider taking vitamin D supplements in the winter (and maybe even all year round).
An easy way to get more vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is something I wrote to you about with some urgency at the beginning of September. After that we got our brilliant research team to go on the hunt for the most efficient, high quality way to boost your levels.
Now they’ve managed to find you a wonderful source of vitamin D. This simple spray will deliver you 1000iu of vitamin D in the most efficient way possible. This is because oral sprays are far more effective than swallowing pills. Three quick blasts and it instantly dissolves under your tongue and gets straight into your system.
I’m definitely getting some for me, my wife and kids this winter, and I think I’ve managed to convince my parents to try it this winter.
In a time of flu epidemics with weirdly resistance strains, this a powerful way to protect yourself.
So I thoroughly recommend you try it this out: the best way to get Vitamin D.
Until next time, stay healthy!