Humans need a lot of sunshine. Our bodies utilize sunlight to allow the skin produce the vitamin D. We require Vitamin D to build strong bones, suppress inflammation, strengthen our immune system and protect ourselves against cancer. But our current lifestyle is creating a huge hindrance to have the even the minimal Vitamin D we require. In this blog, we are sharing six essential tips for avoiding Vitamin D deficiency.

1. Get your daily dose of the sun
The best way to improve your vitamin D levels is through safe, active and limited sunscreen-free exposure to the sun. Around 10-15 minutes of sun exposure daily should be all you want. Never lie out in the sun for extended periods of time or during the hottest part of the day, always avoid sunburn and build up a tolerance to the sun slowly. If you’re fair skinned, start introducing your skin to the sun in the colder months in the morning or afternoon.

2. Uninterrupted exposure
You cannot generate vitamin D if there is a thick glass window between you and the sun. The UVB rays required for vitamin D production are absorbed by the glass and will not reach your skin.

3. Don’t cover up with sunscreen
Even mild sunscreens will block the ability of your skin to absorb the UVB rays and produce vitamin D. However, once you have surpassed your daily 10-15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun, you should get out of the sun or cover up your skin with something. If you do need sunscreen, find one that carries least chemicals.

4. Protect your skin with food
Still worried that exposing your skin to the sunlight is harmful? Load up on antioxidant rich foods and essential fats that will rejuvenate your skin cells and help to shield them from sun damage. These include vegetables and fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, goji berries and pomegranates.

5. Have your Vitamin D levels tested regularly
The best way to find out whether you are vitamin D deficient or not is to take a blood test. If you are trying to have optimal health, you will want your level to be in the 50-80 ng/ml range.

6. Take a supplement
During winter or if you live in a region that gets minimal sun exposure, you may require to source a vitamin D3 supplement. If you think you need a supplement, check with your private doctor or naturopath first and then have your vitamin D levels checked regularly to ensure you are not getting more than you require.

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