Updated: Jun 15, 2019
Vitamin D and Calcium are essential for bone health. Most vitamin D is made in the skin when it is exposed outdoors to sunlight. In the UK, especially during the winter months, people are at risk of developing vitamin D deficiency. Wherever possible, take the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine!
Who should take Vitamin D
Most people who have their vitamin D measured have low levels! Fortunately, vitamin D and Calcium are widely and cheaply available. In Wales, the NHS recommends that all children should take vitamin D supplements during the winter months. Some groups of people are at a higher risk of Vitamin D deficiency. Those with darker skin, poor gut absorption syndromes, and those who consume certain foods are more prone to having lower levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D Supplements
I use a Vitamin D buccal spray, following its recommendation by a GP colleague who uses it herself. It tastes of peppermint and I use it once per day. I keep it next to my toothbrush and spray it on the inside of my cheek every morning. If you are profoundly deficient your GP might recommend you have a higher dose.