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Do I REALLY Need Vitamin D? – By Daniel Wellard, Physio4Life’s Personal Trainer and Nutritionist

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Jeepers! The Autumnal season has certainly set-in…..

It’s chilly and dark now in the mornings when I’m off to train at the gym at 6am. I start the day with a Nutribullet smoothie, which consisted of 50g Pea Protein, mixed frozen berries, half banana, ginger and beetroot. And a vitamin D supplement. I’ve started taking 5000iu a day, as sun exposure has declined.

Ive also read a study on vitamin D and it’s effect on Chrohn’s disease. Chrohn’s is an inflammation of the bowel and is on a similar spectrum to IBS and Celiac disease. It does appear that people who suffer from these gut issues also have low levels of vitamin D. By optimising vitamin D levels through supplementation, these issues can be controlled better.

What if I’m healthy, do I need to supplement with vitamin D?

Although you may not suffer for these gut problems, keeping your Vitamin D levels up does appear pretty important. Especially, because, from September to May/June, our lovely country isn’t baked in sunshine too often, plus most of us are indoors most of the day, anyway. Plus you can’t get too much from food.

According to researchers, Vitamin D helps keep bone strong and can help reduce the onset of coughs, colds and flu. It can also improve sports performance, and in some cases their has been a suggestion it can help reduce cancer risk and improve MS symptoms.

Ask your GP to test your status. Otherwise, let me know and I’ll order you a finger prick test (costs about £30), which you can send off to check your levels, before supplementing. If you don’t wish to test, you can’t go too wrong with supplementing about 2,000-5,000iu per day, throughout the winter.

If you need some Vitamin D3, Physio4life sells some cracking Vitamin D3. In each pot, there are 90 caps. Take 1 capsule a day.

Happy Health

Daniel Wellard

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