It’s the onset of winter for all of us in the Northern hemisphere and we’re experiencing cooler days and earlier sunsets, causing most of our activities to transition to the indoors.
We don’t often think of it, but the lack of sunshine on our skin can cause deficiencies, which can of course be made up for with diet. Vitamin D is one such concern during the dark winter months. It is essential to the human body and it is typically synthesized when we expose our skin to sunlight.
What exactly is vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a hormone, produced by the body as it is exposed to sunlight. In technical terms, it’s a group of fat-soluble secosteroids that aids in the absorption of minerals. Because it is naturally generated by the body as the suns rays reach it, vitamin D is sometimes referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”.
What does vitamin D do for our body?
Vitamin D is essential to the proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus, which are needed to ensure healthy bones.
How can we be sure to get enough Vitamin D during the winter months?
Most vitamin D is created by the body during direct sunlight contact on the skin. During the winter when sunshine hours are limited and it can be too cold to venture outdoors, vitamin D supplementation can help to ensure the body has enough of the vitamin to support its needs.
Eating Vitamin D rich foods is a great way to keep your body healthy.
Vitamin D-rich foods include shiitake mushrooms, eggs, animal protein and fish that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
The below chart is a great guideline for ensuring you are getting enough vitamin D all winter long:
To your best health,