What a Summer we’ve had!
After a cold Spring, Summer certainly made up for it with higher than average temperatures, plenty of sun, and with it plenty of opportunity to top up our Vitamin D levels!
Vitamin D is key for the health of our muscles and bones,
and an important factor in combating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), for example. However there has been much coverage in the media in recent years about the growing Vitamin D deficiency in our population. Many believe this is due to us using more sunscreen in response to concerns about skin cancer, and younger generations who prefer to play on game consoles, tablets and phones rather than spend time outdoors. But is this really the case?
Clearly access to the sun has a key role to play in topping up our Vitamin D
but in reality we only need around 30 – 45 minutes of natural daylight a day in order to maintain healthy levels, achievable for many, even in Winter. So could there be something else affecting our levels?
Our state of health is never the result of just one thing – the body is too complex for this! Our Vitamin D levels are no different. A lack of Vitamin D can lead to health issues but health issues themselves can lead to low Vitamin D as the body struggles to metabolise properly. And what could be contributing to those health issues?
Well the usual suspects – stress, poor diets and environmental toxins such as chemicals, which disrupt the ability of the body to self regulate and keep itself healthy. So Vitamin D deficiency, like any other condition or symptom, can actually be a reflection of things going wrong in the body rather than purely a lack of time spent in the sun.
So what to do?
Certainly enjoy the sunshine when you see it – and don’t forget the sunscreen where appropriate!
Remember a good healthy diet will not only help maintain the all-important self regulation in the body but also provide an additional source of Vitamin D if you include fish oils, eggs, tuna, salmon and sardines.
And of course help your body to stay healthy so that it can use the Vitamin D you do get properly – stay well hydrated, reduce stress and limit your exposure to environment toxins and EMFs as much as possible.