As we ride the rollercoaster of Spring weather and battle through hayfever season, we also start to dream of Summer, beaches and the end of year break.
It’s also the time of year to ramp up health-conciousness. How much fruit do you eat? Do you fit into last year’s bathers?
One thing you should also be asking as the sun starts to peek out – do I get enough vitamin D?
Vitamin D aids the immune system, helps reduce the risk of arthritis, helps asthma sufferers, and is crucial for a healthy metabolism. Despite receiving months of lovely sunshine, many of us often don’t absorb enough vitamin D or understand it’s benefit. You can gain vitamin D benefits with as little as 5-10 minutes in the sun per day.
Obviously staying indoors all day is a one-way ticket to deficiency, but many unexpected factors can play a role in your vitamin D absorption.
• Drinking non-cows milk (almond, soy), for example, may have its health benefits, but children who drink non-cow’s milk have been found to have lower vitamin D.
• Fatty fish can be a good source of vitamin D; think salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel.
• Orange juice is another classic source of the vitamin, however, it needs to be a fortified squeeze. Try to get a fortified juice brand to get extra calcium or a maximum extractor juicer to get other rich minerals from the skin and pulp of the fruit.
• Egg yolks are a quick and easy product to help up your Vitamin D levels – seems to be a bit of an orange theme going here!
• Supplements, of course, are the minimal-effort way to get your fix if you live in a cloudy area or burn easily.
• Cod liver oil sounds a bit nasty, but it will do wonders for those of us who scarcely sunlight.
• Natural light lamps are the perfect way to bring the outdoors in.
Work while the sun is out? Try going for a walk during your lunch break, invest in a natural light lamp and eat breakfast in your backyard!