With sunshine being a rarity here in Ireland for the most part of the year, it’s no surprise that recent studies have revealed our population is deficient in Vitamin D.
The main reason for this deficiency is simple – sunshine is the primary source of Vitamin D, which we do not get enough of.
For those who spend a lot of their time indoors or avoiding the sun, supplements can be a suitable option to support your health.
Vitamin D supports us in maintaining healthy bones and teeth and plays a role in the prevention of serious illnesses.
In a year where health and the importance of a strong immune system have been at the forefront of people’s minds, LloydsPharmacy has seen a 200% increase in Vitamin D sales over the last 12 months.
Speaking about the importance of keeping on top of your health in the current climate, Rebecca Barry, LloydsPharmacy Pharmacist said:
“Boosting your immunity through a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle is important advice for all of us.
“However, some people, depending on their age, current health, and lifestyle, may benefit from taking additional vitamins and supplements.
“Vitamin D is important for our overall health, but so is Vitamin B, C, Iron, the list goes on.
“If you aren’t sure what you need to support you and your family, speak to your local LloydsPharmacy team, who have been trained to guide you to the right choice.
“Just pop into your local LloydsPharmacy or give us a call, you can find our store details here
In the meantime, here are Rebecca’s top tips for supporting your immunity this Spring:
- Hang a daily vitamin chart
This is a great way to engage younger family members and make the daily routine enjoyable. Pop it on the fridge or somewhere they will see each morning and let them use stickers or markers to tick each day.
- Take your vitamins at the same time as your family
Not only are they good for you, too – but kids love to mimic older people. They look up to you – so encourage their vitamin intake by making sure your own nutritional needs are met, too!
- Set a recurring alarm mid-morning to remind you to take your vitamins
Try to not have this alarm too close to your wake-up alarm, as it can become blurred, depending on how many times you hit snooze! Setting it to align with your mid-morning coffee break is a good reminder to stay on track.
- Leave vitamins somewhere you can see
This may seem like an obvious one, but how many times have you forgotten to take your vitamin, because they were buried at the back of some kitchen press?
Pop them next to the kettle so you spot them while making your morning cup of coffee, or by your toothbrush to give you that reminder each day.