Could you have a vitamin D deficiency?

Free vitamin D screening day on Wednesday July 19

If you shun the sun, live in an area with low sunlight levels, avoid dairy products, or adhere to a strict vegan diet, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods, including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks.

Vitamin D is essential for strong, healthy bones, because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue does not properly mineralise, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasingly, research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems.

Living in a temperate climate like we have in Ireland, it is essential we ensure our vitamin D levels are kept topped up to the optimum levels.

Honeybee Health Store in Lower Abbeygate Street is giving away 20 of these vital vitamin D tests on Wednesday July 19 to the first 20 people to call and book. Call Honeybee Health Store to book your test on 091 568761 or pop in to Honeybee Health Store to find out more about vitamin D deficiency. Do not delay though as these free tests are worth €59 and will book up fast. Vitamin D is tested through a finger prick blood sample and on the day each sample will be tested on two separate systems verifying accuracy.

We have vitamin D tests to give away to two lucky Galway Advertiser readers along with vitamin D supplements if needed.

Just email your name and telephone number to [email protected] for a chance to win this great prize.

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