Get Your Daily Dose of Sunshine – Vitamin D
Treasuring Mothers’ dietician, Fiona Rowell, tells why you should work on getting your daily dose of Vitamin D, the “Sunshine Vitamin”. It’s great for both you and your family.
This is because Australia has one of the highest incidences in the world of skin cancer. So we can’t afford to be in it too much. On the other hand, we also border on having way too little Vitamin D. And that creates lots of disadvantages, Fiona explains.
Fiona encourages you to get your daily dose of sunshine:
- It’s important for our bodies get enough Vitamin D to make healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Read more HERE about other effects of lack of Vit D.
- In cool climates, such as Tasmania in the winter time, it’s difficult to get your daily dose of sunshine. Each person needs a minimum of 47 minutes/day.
- New Mothers need to be aware of this with their infants, during winter especially.
- Sadly, it does not get transmitted through glass. So you need to be outside to get a dose.
- A lack of Vitamin D results in rickets. Rickets happens when a child does not have enough Vit D to help them absorb calcium. This means their bones do not develop properly and they can become bow-legged,
- Darker skin doesn’t absorb Vitamin D from the sunshine as well as fairer skin does.
- It’s good to try and eat foods which contain Vitamin D. Margarine is one, which often has it as an additive. Plus, there are other foods you can eat to increase your Vitamin D intake. And you can always take a Vit D supplement.
- To get enough Vitamin D from sunshine, you need to make a conscious choice to go outside into the sun during the day. This is especially true when the sun rises late, and sets early. But of course, you don’t ever want so much sun that you get sun-burnt.