Updated: Apr 18, 2019
This is an extremely important topic and without a doubt, the best way to obtain your Vitamin D is in the way that nature intended – directly via the sun. Vitamin D is technically a hormone which helps growth in virtually every cell in the body and prevent a number of diseases. It is also essential for healthy bones, teeth and skin as well as working in conjunction with other fat soluble vitamins to promote skeletal development. Also assists in the absorption of other key nutrients such as calcium and vitamins A and C. A diet rich in vitamin D, via sources such as fatty (cold water) fish, dairy products, beef liver and egg yolks, can only provide a fraction of the amount that can be obtained through a regular dose of sunlight on exposed skin during the hours either side of midday can be stored within fat cells in order to be metabolised during winter months. The lack of vitamin D is compounded by our sedentary indoor lives and the sometimes misguided concern around skin cancer.
Vitamin D experts recommend you obtain 4,000 IU per day, during winter months a supplement may be the best option in order to obtain the correct amount of this 'hormone'. Regular testing can determine if you are consuming the optimal amount.
I encourage exposure of large areas of skin – legs, arms, torso during the summer months for almost half the time it takes to sustain a slight tan – this should ensure an optimal amount of vitamin D synthesis while taking into account wrinkling and cancer risk for those concerned – go ahead and cover with clothes or screen as required.
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