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KEEP CLIENTS INFORMED OF VITAMIN D’s BENEFITS

Vitamin D Article

Whether it can ease symptoms of the virus or not, one in five Brits are deficient in vitamin D. Find below, suggestions in how we can be stocking up on the ‘sunshine vitamin’ this Winter:

IT CAN REDUCE DEPRESSION

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a tough year for all, and medical staff are now expecting mental health issues to increase significantly, knowing that we will continue to see the effects of COVID-19 for a long time into the future. Vitamin D can play a vital role in regulating our mood and warding off depression so, as the darker, longer days creep in over Winter, it’s the perfect time to dose up. It’s worth remembering that the UK is more northerly than we think – it is actually equal to the Alaskan panhandle. The UK is also one of the cloudiest countries in the industrialised world.

IT CAN BOOST WEIGHT LOSS

It’s thought that the extra calcium the body gets from taking vitamin D supplements can have appetite-supressing effects. 

IT CAN BENEFIT THOSE BONES

Vitamin D ensures the body can absorb calcium, potassium and magnesium, all which help to keep bones and teeth strong and help prevent osteoporosis—a disease that affects over 3 million people in the UK.

IT CAN HELP SUPPORT LUNG FUNCTION AND REDUCE RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES

While there are still various medical trials being undertaken around the world, especially given the current pandemic and its effects on the respiratory symptom, many researchers have already shown that having low levels of vitamin D in the body correlates with illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma, and symptoms including wheezing and chest tightness.

IT CAN HELP REGULATE THE BODY’S INSULIN LEVELS 

According to Diabetes.co.uk, Vitamin D is believed to help improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin—the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels— and thus reduce the risk of insulin resistance, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, something that affects one in ten people over 40 in the UK.

IT CAN GIVE YOU A BOOST OF ENERGY

Constantly feeling tired, especially during the Winter months, is one of the leading symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency, however, it is often overlooked as a cause. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is thought to affect over 2 million people in the UK, yet vitamin D supplements are an easy and inexpensive way of reducing symptoms.

Realistically from October to early March in the UK, we simply don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight. While it is found in some foods such as oily fish, red meat, eggs and some fortified spreads and cereals, vegetarians and vegans are particularly at risk from vitamin D deficiency as these foods don’t form part of their diet. Therefore, the dosage everyone should take varies and will more often than not, will depend on their age, skin colour, living conditions etc, so it’s always sensible to check with your doctor. 

What can we as spa’s do to help our clients in supporting their levels of Vitamin D, not just now during a global pandemic and during this Winter but ongoing support. 

When corresponding with clients, do include these suggestions to remind them of the self-care that they can be implementing: 

Recommend that daily exercise is taken outside where possible, to ensure that the client’s skin can be exposed to sunlight regularly. 

If applying sunscreen to the face daily, would they consider a slightly lesser SPF for the Winter months or could their arms be exposed for example. 

Advise that oily fish and eggs are included in the diet regularly. 

Are you able to recommend a vitamin D3 supplement at a dose to suit the needs of the individual. It could be worth looking at a formula with vitamin K2 for optimal absorption and to try and take with a source of dietary fats such as avocado, nuts, seeds and full fat dairy options as its estimated that we would need to drink 20 glasses of milk every day to maintain optimal levels of Vitamin D! 

On re-opening, do you have a Summer wellness offering? One that could encompass nature and the spa’s surroundings to support natural ways in boosting Vitamin D and in turn immunity? Do you encourage, nature walks, yoga within the woodlands or by the lake? Could you offer outdoor treatments or ones that boast a beautiful view? Maybe you could offer vitamin therapy through IV? Do you offer vitamin shots and juices as part of the client journey through your spa experience? 

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