At this time of year we can all be guilty of comfort food binging but there are certain foods and substances that adversely affect the body’s use of minerals and vitamins. High saturated/animal fats, refined foods, white flour, white sugar, white rice, chocolate, carbonated drinks and fruit juices with high sugar concentration. So we need to start seriously starting to eliminate these from our diet. Meat and dairy products should be kept within a recommended weekly amount. Dairy products as calcium sources should be varied with other non-dairy sources.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 of us in the UK are Vitamin D deficient. For most of us we just can’t get the required amount of sunlight exposure to produce enough Vitamin D and it is impossible to get enough from food sources so supplementation is key.
Adequate levels of Vitamin D are required for normal functioning of the immune system, bones and teeth mineralization, muscle function, cell division and to enable us to utilization of calcium and phosphorus.