In case you missed my recent post about the importance of vitamin D testing – I had myself tested for vitamin D deficiency as I had slight concerns that I wasn’t getting enough. I ordered the test through BetterYou, which was quickly sent to me and then I sent the collection device with my blood sample to NHS laboratories for analysis. I excitedly waited for my vitamin D results, but not for long! I received my vitamin D test results very quickly (this post is well overdue). I posted the collection device on Saturday and received an email from NHS on Wednesday. And how did I do? Although hoping for adequate levels in my blood, I correctly guessed I would be insufficient. Yes, the test results weren’t that much of a surprise to me, considering that I like to cover up in the sun and wear sunscreen if possible and of course the fact that we cannot get enough vitamin D with normal diet. At least now I know where I stand and I understand I have to increase my vitamin D level for optimum health. Unfortunately, NHS forgot to copy BetterYou in the email, so they haven’t received my results and therefore I haven’t heard from them with recommendations on supplementation. However, I did contact them myself and they sent me recommendations straight away. They also sent me free vitamin D oral spray which I received by first class post the next day. I was very impressed with BetterYou customer service and speed. I highly recommend them and just to make you aware – they don’t only offer vitamin D supplements, but also other vitamins and minerals in more natural form. This is what BetterYou recommended me in their email:
Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin, but is very hard to gain through diet alone – in fact only 10 per cent of our intake is through food. The rest is absorbed through sun exposure. Although a fat-soluble vitamin our bodies only begin to store vitamin D at a serum level of 100 nmol/L under this we use everything we receive. Therefore, at 32.7nmol/L, we would recommend you increase your levels.
As a general rule, BetterYou advise that 1000IU of vitamin D is supplemented, per 25kg of body weight – as a maintenance dose. For your result, we would advise the following supplementation guidelines –
· 2 sprays of DLux3000 (6,000IU) per day for one month
· Following this, 1 spray per day as a maintenance dose.
I already started supplementing using the oral spray they sent me, but I also have vitamin D capsules from Together which I bought previously, so I am also using this. After I had my test done, I couldn’t resist it – I bought another one, but this time for my boyfriend! I just needed to know what his levels were (I was hoping my levels were better than his but very unlikely). His results? His levels turned out to be adequate. I did wonder why and I came to conclusion that this was because he doesn’t use as much sunscreen as me and his body stored all the extra vitamin in the body over time and over the winter his body is using whatever has been stored previously (he can’t be getting enough with his diet either although he is eating more fish and eggs than me).
Are you interested in knowing what your vitamin D levels are? If you come under of the risk groups your GP should send you for a test with no questions. The following risk groups are recommended supplementation by the Department of Health:
- small children under the age of 5
- elderly people aged 65 years and over
- pregnant and breastfeeding women
- people with darker skin and
- people with low or no exposure to the sun.
If you had yourself tested, I would love to know your results.