How can it be, in this sunburnt country of ours, that many Australians are deficient in Vitamin D, which the body produces when exposed to the sun?
Our comfortable houses, shady decks, long work days and busy lives keep us indoors more than ever before – and when we do venture outside, we’re ‘sun smart’, we’ve obediently ‘slip, slop, slapped’.
Then in winter, we expose less of our skin to a ‘weaker’ sun.
Nor can our diet provide enough – the best sources are fatty fish, mushrooms and eggs, providing only a small amount of vitamin D3.
Some estimate that 73% of Australians are deficient in vitamin D, the active part of which is a hormone, and essential for healthy bone formation, muscle strength and your immune system.
It’s simple to find out if you are deficient, as your GP can request a blood test. Ideally, you’d be at the upper end of the normal range, as with so many people deficient, the normal range is low.
Boost your levels by:
- Soaking up those beneficial rays of sunlight. Aim for at least three times per week, 10-20 minutes at a time – or when your skin turns the lightest shade of pink. The darker your skin, the longer you’ll need.
- Take 1 tablespoon of cod liver oil a day
- Take a good quality probiotic such as Miessence FastTract (gluten free) or InLiven
- Take a good quality Vitamin D3 supplement
So, permission granted to enjoy some time outdoors this weekend, especially if the sun is shining. Then share below how good it felt!