The Importance of Vitamin D

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Vitamin D has the very important role of producing the hormone calcitonin (metabolised by the liver and kidneys) which sends a message to the intestines to increase the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, therefore maintaining blood calcium levels. By promoting calcium absorption, vitamin D helps to form and maintain strong bones. Other important functions of vitamin D are maintaining a healthy immune system, regulating cell growth and preventing cancer. It has also been shown to protect against the development of autoimmune disease such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. A deficiency in vitamin D causes softening of the bones – rickets in children, osteomalacia in adults. To a lesser degree it can cause joint pains and stiffness, backache, tooth decay, muscle cramps and hair loss.

It differs from the other fat soluble vitamins as it can be made in the body, this occurs after exposure to ultra violet rays from the sun. The UV rays cause vitamin D to be synthesized in the skin. As sun exposure is perhaps the most important source of vitamin D, it is crucial for those living in countries with little sun to supplement their diet with 1000mg vitamin D per day (never to be taken without calcium) or to have a diet where they are taking in lots of vitamin D rich foods, such as salmon, mackerel, eggs, cod liver oil, vitamin D fortified milk, enriched breakfast cereals, herrings, cottage cheese and liver. Having said that several months supply of vitamin D can be stored in the body, so lack of sunshine from November to February during the British winter is not fatal. As well as a lack of sunlight being a barrier to the assimilation of vitamin D, fried foods and alcohol are also thought to be contributing factors. The daily recommended intake of vitamin D is 5mg (0-50) years), 10mg (51-70) and 15mg (70+years). It is important to note that although it is essential to have enough vitamin D in the body, too much can be toxic. This can lead to calcification of soft tissues, growth restriction, and excess calcium excretion via the kidney.


Treatments

Some of the treatments we offer

  • Massage

  • Nutritional Therapy

  • Waxing

  • Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity. Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal systems. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or a massage device. At The Health & Beauty Room, Ansdell you can choose between Indian Head massage, Aromatherapy, Cupping therapy, Reflexology, Facial massage and Swedish massage. If you are looking for Massage or other Holistic Treatments in Ansdell, Lytham St. Annes - Click Here for our prices / packages.

  • Nutritional Therapy - As a Clinical nutritionist I focus on the role of nutrition in chronic disease, including possible prevention or re-mediation by addressing nutritional deficiencies before resorting to drugs. A poor diet may have an injurious impact on health, causing deficiency diseases such as scurvy and health-threatening conditions like obesity and metabolic syndrome and such common chronic systemic diseases as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Most foods contain a mix of some or all of the nutrient types, together with other substances, such as toxins of various sorts. Some nutrients can be stored internally (e.g., the fat soluble vitamins), while others are required more or less continuously. Poor health can be caused by a lack of required nutrients or, in extreme cases, too much of a required nutrient. For example, both salt and water (both absolutely required) will cause illness or even death in excessive amounts. If you are looking for Nutritional Therapy in Ansdell, Lytham St. Annes - Click Here for our prices / packages.

  • Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different growth cycle.. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, pubic area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. There are many benefits to waxing versus other forms of hair removal. It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time. It is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back as a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer. If you are looking for Waxing or other Beauty Treatments in Ansdell, Lytham St. Annes - Click Here for our prices / packages.


Products & Brands

The products and brands we use.

  • Weleda Products
  • Yaoh Products
  • Green People Products
  • Karin Herzog Products