Office workers who feel ‘under the weather’ should be aware they are prime candidates for Vitamin D deficiency – and it can have a whole host of health repercussions.
Lack of ‘the sunshine vitamin’ has been linked to a number of problems in recent years, not just weak bones. Healthy levels of Vitamin D are now thought to play a key role in boosting our body’s defences and protecting us from many diseases.
But office workers find it hard to get outside much in a typical working day – and in the winter the UVB rays from the sun aren’t strong enough to help our bodies produce much of the vitamin anyway.
After a long winter, and a poor summer in 2012, indoor workers are now vulnerable to a lack of this vital vitamin.
A deficiency has been linked by scientists to many medical conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, heart disease, TB and some cancers, as well as brittle bones in adults and rickets in children. The vitamin is also thought to help with mental functioning and slow down the ageing process. So it’s important to get out there and soak up the sun!