Top up your vitamin D
Vitamin D is known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because we synthesise it in our body when sunlight comes into contact with our skin. Not only does the ability to produce vitamin D this way decrease with age, but people in their later years may spend less time outdoors, exacerbating the problem – especially during the current lockdown and social isolation rules. It can lead to a deficiency in this vital nutrient, which is needed to maintain healthy bones and also has an important role in preventing respiratory infections and improving immune response – important factors in your later years, when you may be at greater risk of chest infections, and which could be crucial if you are infected with Covid-19.
Vitamin D can be found in many delicious foods including oily fish, eggs and dairy products, so ideally include these in your diet. However, older people are also recommended to take a supplement containing 10 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D daily.