Vitamin D Supplements Could Prevent Millions of Colds

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Vitamin D Supplements Could Prevent Millions of Colds

Vitamin D has been in the press yet again this week with headlines claiming that a daily supplement would prevent millions of us from suffering with colds.

 

It was the result of an analysis by the British Medical Journal which found that supplementing vitamin D helped protect against respiratory tract infections (infections affecting the sinuses, throat and / or lungs).

 

We know that vitamin D is vital for a healthy immune system. We also know that a surprising number of us are deficient or have suboptimal levels. Statistics, research and public health recommendations aside, I see this day in, day out in my clinic. Whenever I send a client for blood tests, I include vitamin D. Rarely do I see clients who have optimal levels and if they do, they’re normally supplementing.

 

I have written about the importance of vitamin D a number of times and I really can’t overemphasise the importance of having optimal levels.

 

I would strongly advise you to get your vitamin D levels tested if you don’t already know them; there are a number of ways you can do this:

 

HOW TO GET TESTED

 

WITH US

We can organise a vitamin D test for you through our clinic team. We work closely with The Doctor’s Laboratory (TDL) which is based a short walk from our Harley Street clinic. TDL offer an efficient, walk in service where they take your blood then and there and send the results to us, usually within a day.

 

WITH YOUR DOCTOR

If you’re due to have a blood test with your NHS GP then you can ask him or her to include vitamin D as part of this. In my experience, it can be pot luck as to whether you’ll manage to get it tested or not. If you have a private GP then they should be happy to organise this for you.

 

WITH AN AT HOME TEST KIT

Another option is to use an at home test kit. I did this myself last year and can speak from experience when I say it really is so straightforward. BetterYou partner up with an NHS testing lab to ensure accurate results at competitive prices.

 

If you do get tested and would like our feedback on your results then please feel free to get in touch.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.