Welcome to the November 2012 issue of Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy's newsletter.

This month's newsletter focuses on Vitamin D and how to cope with mild deficiency. In this country, we absorb Vitamin D from the sun's rays from April through to September. As we had a rather damp summer with few bright days, there is a high chance some of us will become Vitamin D deficient in the winter months and this can lead to musculoskeletal symptoms of aches and pains.


What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight but also occurs naturally in some oily fish (eg mackerel, salmon, sardines), fish liver oils, egg yolks and fortified dairy and grain products. It is essential for strong bones because it helps the body absorb calcium.

Recent research has indicated that Vitamin D also plays a role in preventing illness such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes & hypertension. It can help prevent cognitive impairment in adults such as depression and schizophrenia. Vitamin D also supports the immune system and helps reduce inflammatory responses.

Mild Vitamin D deficiency in adults may manifest itself as generalised bone and muscle aches, fatigue and a feeling of weakness.

What can you do to Prevent Vitamin D deficiency?

In summer months, go outside! Vitamin D is absorbed from the sunlight via our skin and this is how we absorb 80% of our Vitamin D. However, in winter months this is not possible so as a preventative try eating cereals and foods fortified with Vitamin D.

As it works in conjunction with other vitamins and minerals eg Magnesium a healthy diet with some winter supplementation is recommended.

At Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy we have arranged an account for our patients with http://www.nutricentre.com

Find your supplement products on the website and then to claim your 10% discount telephone their order line 0208 752 8450 and claim on account ZZCEM010. This will enable you to get 10% discount off any products that you wish to purchase.

We recommend Biocare Mega EPA Fish Oil code BC52790 and here is the link:



For any queries please do contact us at the practice on 0208 977 6396.

Best wishes


General Osteopathic Council Registered