It maybe on record somewhere that I said I don’t believe in taking extra vitamins and what not. That you should just get everything you need from eating a healthy varied diet. Well I’ve changed my mind. Shock Horror! Vitamin D, is my new bea. Ugh I used bea. Catch me saying that in real life and you have permission to shoot me.
*Let’s get this out here that I’m not a doctor and I’m not recommending anything and you should talk to your doctor before you try anything etc* Firstly check out the NHS website on vitamins and minerals.
Now I started taking vitamin d almost by accident. I had a bone density scan with a medical trail I was on and randomly the data was collated for an episode of the BBC’s Trust Me I’m A Doctor and one of the Doctors I saw recommend I take Calcium tablets and vitamin d. So off I popped to holland and barretts. I’m a cheap skate so obviously went and bought the recommended daily allowances none of the higher doses ones, as I try and eat pretty healthily so want to get as much as I can from my food.
Now it’s not sunny here in blightly. It’s bloody Siberian out there. It honestly is. We are in the grasps of the beast from the east and I don’t think Ive seen any sun in what feels like weeks. And we know that S.A.D is a genuine condition and linked to low exposure to sunlight in the winter months, so a lack in sunlight also must affect our ability to make our own Vitamin D.
“We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.” NHS 2018
So I’ve been taking 10µg of Vitamin D a day for almost 2 months now (January/February). This is the recommended daily allowance for adults in the UK for the winter months and it aid the absorption of calcium, this was my main reason for taking vitamin d.
What Have I Noticed While Taking Vitamin D?
My energy levels have increased.
I wasn’t expecting to feel anything. I honestly wasn’t. I’d have been happy with it just doing its thing in the back ground helping to absorb the calcium.
But normally it gets to 3pm and I’m desperate for that sugar hit or that giant mug of tea to stop me falling asleep.
Yet when I remember to religiously take Vit D, I’m feeling more alert and have significantly more energy between 2pm and 4pm.
I don’t think it’s a placebo either. I did a little bit of my own research and it seems to that it’s a genuine thing.
I’ve read a few articles on the more upstanding websites and a couple of peer reviewed papers and I’d recommend you do your own research and speak to your doctor.
So there you have it!
My name is Michelle and I now believe in taking a vitamin supplement.
Vitamin D – £3.59 for 100 tablets