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How to Get Enough Vitamin D During Winter

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What is Vitamin D?


Our bodies need vitamin D in order to function normally, as it plays a key role in supporting our immune system and muscle function, as well as in the maintenance of normal bones and healthy teeth. The sun is a natural source of vitamin D, which is where it gets its name ‘the sunshine vitamin’ from. It can be hard to ensure we’re getting enough vitamin D during the winter and autumn months – especially living in the UK.


What Are the Signs of Low Vitamin D?


A deficiency in vitamin D can see you experience:


  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Pain in your joints
  • Low mood


What Are the Benefits of Vitamin D?


It’s important to get enough vitamin D in your body, as it helps to promote the absorption of calcium and phosphate in your bones, keeping them strong and healthy. Vitamin D can also be beneficial for improving your mood and reducing feelings of fatigue.


woman enjoying winter sun with her legs up


Can You Still Get Vitamin D in the Winter?


As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, we often find ourselves spending more time indoors during winter. This means we are inside and away from natural sunlight, getting less exposure to our main source of vitamin D. Plus, when we do go outside, we’re wrapped up in layers upon layers of warm clothing, which also reduces our natural intake of the sunshine vitamin.


Although we can get more vitamin D through our diet from foods such as salmon, sardines, red meat, and egg yolks to name a few, it’s still important to consider taking vitamin D supplements in winter to ensure your body is getting the right amount.


If you follow a specific diet, like vegetarian or vegan, or have intolerances to some of these food sources with vitamin D, it’s even more important to continue taking vitamin D supplements all year round.


How To Get Vitamin D in Winter


From September until March throughout the autumn and winter months, it is recommended to take vitamin D supplements to help your body maintain normal bones and a healthy immune system. At Garden of Life, we’ve got a wide range of vitamin D supplements, from vegan sprays to tablets and protein powders that will provide you with a great source of vitamin D in winter. Discover the full range below:


1. Vitamin Code Raw D3 5,000 IU


Our Vitamin Code Raw D3 contains 5,000 IU vitamin D3 per capsule and is one of our best sellers at Garden of Life. This high-dose supplement is perfect for those who may be deficient in vitamin D and is the ideal supplement to increase your vitamin D level quickly during winter. Made from raw whole food fruit and vegetables, these capsules also contain microbiomes and digestive enzymes to support immune system health and supporting the maintenance of good bone health.



Vitamin Code Raw D3 is also available with 2,000 IU vitamin D3.


2. Vitamin D Spray


If you’re looking for a quick and convenient way to increase your vitamin D intake, look no further than our vegan vitamin D spray. Available in a tasty vanilla flavour, simply spray Organics Vegan D3 Spray into your mouth once a day or mix into your favourite drink for an instant boost of vitamin D.


There are several benefits of vitamin D sprays, especially for those who find tablets hard to swallow. You’ll get 1,000 IU vitamin D3 per spray, it’s easily absorbed into your system and it tastes delicious too!



3. Vitamin D Chewables


For those who struggle to take tablets, another option to up your intake of vitamin D is our Organics Vegan D3 Raspberry-Lemon Chewables. Made with fresh fruit and vegetables, each chewable tablet contains 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 and is 100% vegan. They’re the perfect addition to your daily routine and can help increase your vitamin D levels this winter.



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2020-03-09 16:07:17By Garden of Life

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