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One HUGE PLUS from being in the great outdoors, (aside from the love of my job), is the FREE VITAMIN D with every session for me and my clients. It’s a win-win.

Did you know that recent studies have suggested that up to 50% of adults and children worldwide are vitamin D deficient!?

One of the biggest causes of our growing Vitamin D crisis seems to be the amount of time that we spend sitting indoors avoiding day light. Additionally, the reduced amount of light during the many winter months, it’s easy to see why we could all do with that little bit extra.

So, what is this thing they call vitamin D and why is it so important?

Many people know Vitamin D as the sunshine vitamin. However, despite the label, Vitamin D is in fact considered to be a ‘pro hormone’* by experts. This means the body can produce its own vitamin D with sufficient exposure to sunlight on the skin.

(*Vitamins are nutrients which cannot be synthesised by the body and must be acquired by diet or supplements).

So why is it so important?

Benefits of Vitamin D:

– Healthy bone function. Vitamin D plays a huge role in the regulation of calcium and maintenance of phosphorus levels in the blood. These two factors are extremely important for maintaining healthy bones. Poor bone health is more common as we get older and females are known to be at a much greater risk of Osteoporosis.

-It supports the immune, brain and nervous system functions. Vitamin D can aid resistance, not only by assisting immune function against bugs, but science also shows that it plays a role in protecting against serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and diabetes.

– Low Mood? Vitamin D has been proven to influence those suffering with depressive symptoms. It is also recorded to help improve sleep and restlessness.

How Can I improve my vitamin D intake?

 

  1. Food

Vitamin D can be found in the food you eat although research suggests that the amount we receive from food is, in fact, limited.

Good sources of Vitamin D in food include:

 

  • Oily Fish-Smoked Salmon (97%), Swordfish (94%), Canned Trout (86%), Salmon (75%), Smoked White Fish (73%), Mackerel (65%), Canned Mackerel (43%), Tuna Canned in Oil (38%), Halibut (33%), Herring (30%), Sardine (27%), Rockfish (26%), Tilapia (21%), Sole & Flounder (20%), and Tuna Steak (12%).

 

  • Mushrooms

 

  • Egg yolks/Offal/Cheese/Dairy Products (variable pending season).

 

How else?!

 

  1. Get outside!

 

Go for a walk at lunchtime or perhaps get off the bus/tram one stop earlier to increase steps and Vitamin D absorption.


OUTDOOR TRAINING SESSION – For more information contact kettlebellwarriors@gmail.com


Jill Greenwood,
Fitness Expert & Personal Trainer,
Twitter: @JillKBW

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