The sun has set on Daylight Savings Time for 2019 – that wonderful extra hour of sleep officially ushering in evenings spent snuggled under a blanket, toes toasting in the glow of a fire and festive films with warm mugs of hot chocolate. The countdown to the most wonderful time of the year is on.
But you may be starting to notice just how scarce the sunlight hours are becoming during the day, and wondering what effect this has on your health each year. Perhaps you have noticed fatigue washing over you just as we passed Hallowe’en or perhaps that your mood dips from the onset of winter until springtime.
When we absorb less sunlight, our body creates less vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for helping to absorb calcium, promote bone growth, regulate insulin levels and support the health of the immune system. Symptoms of early vitamin D deficiency can include muscle pain, unexplained fatigue, hair loss, difficulty walking and overall weakness, as well as links to poor mental health and even Seasonal Affective Disorder.
The most natural source is the vitamin D created by the body itself but it is not always easy to absorb enough sunlight through the skin to produce the levels of vitamin D we need, especially for those in Northern climates and people with darker skin.
With busy modern life keeping many of us inside for the increasingly precious hours of daylight through the winter months, there is all the more need to stay mindful of how much vitamin D we miss out on. So how can we get enough for what we need?
Every body is unique, and knowing what building blocks keep your physical self at its best is the key to improving your health and strength for future life. At Natural Fit, we’re all about restoring you to your most natural self, to be a more invigorated you.
Natural Fit members will receive a full body screening so that we can tailor a bespoke exercise and nutrition plan to your individual needs.