Vitamin D is highly beneficial for our health, but many people are not aware of the positive health impacts. You probably already know from previous posts that the sun is the best way to receive vitamin D. However, there are a lot of factors contributing to our status of vitamin D. Here are some facts you should know to help you reach your vitamin D needs.
- It’s estimated that 1 billion people are deficient in vitamin D. Some factors that contribute to a low status of vitamin D include time spent indoors, use of sunscreen, and geographic location. To read about more factors, check out this article.
- The sun’s rays that help produce vitamin D in your skin can’t penetrate glass – so you won’t be able to go sun bathing in your car or at home from your sunroom.
- Sunscreen, even one with SPF 8, can block up to 98% of vitamin D intake. This can lead to vitamin D deficiency, so small amounts of time in the sun, without the use of sunscreen, can be extremely beneficial to your overall health and vitamin D status.
- To receive enough vitamin D from food sources, you would have to eat 2 cups of raw, UV exposed portabella mushrooms, or 3 cups of salmon! Here’s some more information about natural food sources of vitamin D.
- More research is showing that vitamin D is just as, if not more, beneficial to the health of our bones as calcium.
- Individuals living in higher latitudes (Northern Europe, Canada, and parts of the United States), don’t have the same exposure to the sun’s rays. Weaker sun ray’s reach the higher latitudes so more time needs to be spent in the sun to help produce vitamin D. This is especially true for the months of October-March.
Receiving enough vitamin D on a daily basis is important for our overall health. If you’re looking for a fun way to get your daily dose, try Ddrops!
Diana Beirnes is a Ddrops Guest Blogger. She is a nutritionist, cyclist, and Raw Food Chef who loves to experiment in the kitchen. She is passionate about sharing a healthy lifestyle with others and is drawn to coaching friends and family about the importance of food and supplements. Diana believes in a holistic life and practices this by eating vegan, using all natural products, and using recycled products whenever she can.