• Putting VITAMIN D+ to the test

    Vitamin D is the ‘sunshine vitamin’. This vital nutrient is produced naturally by our bodies in the summer months, but during the winter it can be difficult to get enough – especially for people over the age of 65. That’s why the NHS recommends that everyone take a vitamin D supplement from October to April.

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  • Cut down on those late winter colds!

    Streaming nose, achy joints, a hacking cough – we think colds are the worst part of winter. But for some of us, a winter illness isn’t just unpleasant and irritating. It can be life-threatening.

    The over-65s, pregnant women and those with underlying health or immune system illnesses are vulnerable to flu, and serious complications such as pneumonia. So it’s good to hear that the winter flu outbreak is about to diminish.

    But it will be a while before warm weather drives away the winter bugs for good. So why not take one simple step to protect yourself?

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  • 'Tis the season to top up with vitamin D

    Who doesn't love a bit of winter sunshine? There's a good reason! While we're soaking up the rays we can make vitamin D, an essential ingredient for maintaining healthy bones, teeth and immune systems. But getting vitamin D in winter is hard work.

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  • Start Sleeping Soundly

    So many of us find ourselves overworked, overstressed and overstimulated, which perhaps explains why a 2011 survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that almost a third of the 6,700 participants were ‘suffering from insomnia which [was] affecting their health’.

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  • 1 in 8 of us are Vitamin D deficient

    An EU-funded project providing the first internationally comparable data has found that an estimated 1 in 8 (13%) of the EU population are vitamin D deficient.

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  • Over 55s are at risk of vitamin D deficiency

    The ‘sunshine’ vitamin is one we really miss in the UK during the winter months (sometimes even in the summer months too!) Vitamin D is essential for normal calcium absorption, it also contributes to normal muscle function and normal function of the immune system.

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