Vitamin D and Immune Health this Winter
There are numerous studies by doctors and scientists across the globe linking vitamin D status to Corona Virus disease outcome. While there is no evidence that Vitamin D can protect us from contracting viruses, there is growing evidence that it can affect disease outcome. In short, Vitamin D deficiency is correlated with increased chances of hospitalisation and morbidity whereas those with optimal levels of Vitamin D are more likely to experience milder symptoms or even be asymptomatic.
Vitamin D is the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’. Our skin naturally synthesises Vitamin D when exposed to the sun through the summer months. We had a beautiful summer in the UK this year and many of us will have good levels of vitamin D presently. However, these levels will start to decline over the coming months making it important to supplement. This is especially true for people with darker skin, those who wear high factor sunscreen or are housebound and those who may dress modestly for religious reasons.
So why is Vitamin D so Important? Vitamin D is critical for a healthy immune system. It reduces inflammation in the body and inflammation is a key driver almost all chronic diseases. For this reason, the NHS and Public Health England have been recommending that we supplement with Vitamin D each winter since 2016.
Vitamin D also helps us to absorb calcium for stronger bones and teeth. In order to ensure that calcium is sent to our bones and teeth, rather than clogging our arteries, it is advisable to take Vitamin D with Vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables.
If you would like to know more about how to optimise your immune system this winter, please make contact with Tamla Anderson, Nutritional Therapist and Kingston Natural Health Centre on 0208 549 8000