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With the days getting shorter, we are less exposed to sunlight. As a result, our bodies will produce less vitamin D. Our bodies use ultraviolet B (UVB) absorbed by the skin to make vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).
Vitamin D is frequently referred to as the 'sunshine vitamin', as it is manufactured by human skin exposed to the sun. For this to take place we need sufficient levels of cholesterol in the body. Vitamin D3 is the form our bodies produce naturally.
ingredient for bone and teeth health and development in children (and adults), alongside calcium, protein and a good exercise routine. It also helps your immune system, and can help balance hormones.
Vitamin D is frequently referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, as it is manufactured by human skin exposed to the sun. For this to take place we need sufficient levels of cholesterol in the body. Vitamin D3 is the form our bodies produce naturally.
Coughing, sneezing, and moaning... does that sound like anyone around you these days? Not forgetting sore throats, chest infections, bunged up heads, and stuffy noses. OK, so just about everyone and their cat is sick at the moment. Besides increasing our vitamin C, is there anything else we can do about it? Thankfully, yes! With good nutrition and by choosing the right foods at the right time, we can speed up the recovery from infection and better yet, prevent recurrence next year.
Ireland’s irregular climate is well-documented and this summer is proving to be predictably unpredictable. Recent outbreaks of heavy colds and flu around the country are a symptom of changeable weather patterns, and medical experts are advising older people in particular to take care of themselves throughout the season.
What do food intolerances, allergies, IBS, cancer, asthma, hayfever, coeliac disease, behavioural issues, and countless other increasingly common conditions all have in common? They are all symptoms of immune system dysfunction. Not many people realise this but approximately 70 per cent of our immune system resides in the gut, which is why probiotics — ‘good’ bacteria — has become such a buzzword in recent times, and need to be replaced after taking a course of antibiotics. Many people develop food intolerances or are even diagnosed with coeliac disease after suffering from viruses or similar immune dysfunction. This is because the good flora in the gut, which is so important for healthy digestion, has often been affected by the illness or even the medication for treating it.
It seems that low levels of vitamin D are being linked to a growing range of health problems. Research from Bristol University in the UK showed that pregnant women with higher levels of vitamin D had taller, stronger-boned children. Other research has suggested that lower levels of vitamin D in childhood could be linked to a greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Researchers have also linked insufficient vitamin D to heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, various forms of cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.
Dietitian Heather Miller, who holds clinics in Balla, Castlebar and Claremorris, this week talks about osteoporosis.
A new health initiative, whereby parents are being advised to give babies daily vitamin D supplements to protect their bones, will benefit all infants immediately, according to a local nutritionist.