Soak up the sun and give your body some vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is one of the most important vitamins your body needs

What do you need vitamin D3 for?

It is crucial for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, which have various functions, e.g. for healthy teeth and bones, prevents loss of bone mass, and treats bone disorders

Vitamin D3 may have a key role in helping the brain to keep working well in later life

It boosts your immune system

It protects against adult and elderly muscle weakness and immune system issues

It lowers the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers

Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis is improved with vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 prevents/treats rickets, post menopausal osteoporosis.

The vitamin also treats hypoglycemia, Multiple Sclerosis and the development of Type 1 diabetes.

It may be a way to arm the immune system against the common cold and flu. These two are more common during the winter months so there is a strong belief that the lack of sunshine and therefore vitamin D3 plays a big part in our bodies being unable to protect itself against them. So no more sniffly noses and achy limbs

There are also studies now revealing that it can help with weight management. Who’d have thought that sunshine could help you keep slim….

How do you get some?

Your skin makes vitamin D3 when exposed to ultraviolet rays of the sun. If you live in the tropics and can expose your unprotected skin to two sessions of 15 minutes of sunlight each week your body will naturally produce adequate amounts of vitamin D

Sun deprived? The best food source for vitamin D3 is fish products, such as: cod liver oil, salmon, tuna, and sardines

Don’t like fish? Fortified milk, breads, eggs and cereals are lesser vitamin D3 sources. Or you can take a good quality Vitamin D3 supplement

If you are lucky enough to live somewhere with an abundance of the golden rays then lucky you! Obviously be careful when exposing your skin to the sun and do it sensibly, avoiding the hottest part of the day usually between 11–3pm. Use a good quality sunscreen with both UVB and UVA protection. Less is more with sun exposure, too much can be detrimental

Even with the limited sunshine in the winter months there are still some rays peeping through that can be beneficial. You will however need to top up with a good vitamin D3 supplement during the more gloomy months. I regularly take a high dose, 5000 IUD, of Vitamin D3each day when I’m living in the UK as there is very little sunshine there, especially during the winter months

With that in mind, wherever you are in the world, make sure you get at least 20 mins 3 times a week on as much skin as you dare to bare!

Now where did I put that bikini…….

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