Winter is coming and light levels are too low for us to make vitamin D in our skin. Although we can get some from our food, especially oily fish and organic eggs, it is often not enough to boost our winter needs. As well as being essential for proper calcium use [strong bones], it is also necessary for the proper function of the immune system.

If you ask for a test at your surgery, you will be told your levels are normal at 50 nanomols per litre; however this is only enough to protect you from rickets, an immune boosting level is 125-250 nmol/L. It is worth taking a good quality supplement, preferably oil-based as it is a fat-soluble vitamin. It may well help to prevent colds, flu and other winter ills.

There is also some evidence that it may help in protecting against many cancers, Diabetes type 1, fractures, Multiple sclerosis, falls [in women], heart attacks [in men].

If you would like a test kit, I have some at the clinic, costing £25.

Thermal Imaging at the Albion Clinic on Monday 12th Dec.

For appointments please contact Rachel Andrews on 0333 800 3003.