We know that health is on everyone’s minds at this time. January is typically a month devoted to the attempt to get back on the straight and narrow following the festive season, in addition to this we now have the added impetus of the impact of the wretched virus.
We know the ways to stay healthy and yet they can be challenging at this best of times (this definitely is not one of those!
Activity – You should be aiming for a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. Most smart phones and watches now will count your steps for you. Yes, it is cold, dark and damp but activity has not only benefits on your physical but also your mental health. If you cannot face that then spend an evening perusing your options on social media there are so many free videos now taking you through activities, it’s simply a matter of finding those that suit you.
Mental health – Limit your consumption of news and social media. Spend some time each day on things that make you happy, whether it’s chatting to a friend or listening to or watching something light hearted. We know the importance of laughing and smiling on our general sense of wellbeing.
Diet – whether you are opting for Veganuary or simply trying to be a bit more ‘healthy’ work on increasing hydration and reduce your intake of processed food and drinks.
How we can help
Here @193 Whitecross Street we offer a full range of vitamin shots. We are still able to offer this service during lockdown. If you are in need of a health boosting shot, do book in. If you are uncertain, choose from a range of blood tests with our partners @Forth. You will receive an easy to use kit at home. Simply follow the instructions and post off your samples. You will then receive a detailed results sheet outlining any deficiency you may have.
Each week we will be offering you the low down on a specific Vitamin.
Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.
These nutrients are needed to help to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. A lack of vitamin D cab lead to a plethora of conditions not just those directly affecting your bones.
*There have been reports about Vitamin D reducing the risk of COVID-19. There is currently not enough evidence to support taking Vitamin D to prevent or treat coronavirus.*
Our bodies create Vitamin D from direct sunlight in the skin when outdoors. However between October and early March we do not get enough Vitamin D from sunlight and this year, you may have been indoors more than usual.
You should take 10 micrograms (400IU) of Vitamin D daily between October and early March to keep your body healthy.
Vitamin D is found in a small number of foods. Sources include:
- Oily fish
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
- Fortified foods such as fat spreads and ceraeals
Check your Vitamin D levels
If deficient, book your shot.
Maintain levels with oral supplements