Tips to get more Vitamin D during winter
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Tips to get more Vitamin D during winter

October 28, 2019

hello most of you would be aware that
during the week I posted on Facebook that I believe health and nutrition
information should be accessible for everyone and one way that I can make
that possible is to invite you to ask me a question and for me to answer it now
I’ve received quite a few questions some of which I’ve been able to answer on
Facebook just in written form but this particular question came to me and I
thought it would be good to video and explain what it’s about now this
question is good is the what is the best way to get an adequate amount of vitamin
D during winter now vitamin D is an essential vitamin that we need for
overall health it is particularly important for our bone health but it’s
also it’s extremely important for our immune system so it helps us to fight
colds and flus and viruses and also good for chronic and autoimmune diseases so
low levels of vitamin D are known to increase fatigue and illness so all in
all we want to increase our vitamin D now the problem is during winter we are
exposed to less sunlight and vitamin D the best source of vitamin D is through
sunlight sunlight is it when we’re exposed to sunlight on our skin our skin
converts that sunlight into vitamin d3 it’s amazing isn’t it so what we wanting
to achieve as much as we can during winter is exposing our skin to sunlight
now whether we are indoors more or whether the days are shorter than we’re
finding it more difficult to be in the sunlight or weather when we are outside
we are ranked from top to toe because of the cold we need to find ways to expose
ourselves to that sunlight and one of the best tips I can offer is that when
you are outdoors whether that’s commuting to and from work or whether
you can take a short break if you’re working inside on a lunch break any
opportunity when you are outdoors remove your sunglasses many of us still
sunglasses during winter because of course it’s bright on most days and we
think we need to but that’s one area of the body that absorbs the most light our
eyeballs and so our eyeballs can actually receive the sunlight and absorb
it and convert it to vitamin d3 too so remove your sunglasses don’t look
directly at the Sun that’s going to cause more damage than good but even if
you’re just exposed to sunlight as you’re looking around orking down at the
ground you will be absorbing vitamin d3 also the skin around our eyes is
particularly fine particularly thin and so it’s it’s going to absorb sunlight
and therefore convert to vitamin d2 so there are just a couple of tips of
course try and get outdoors as much as possible in winter certainly being
physically active is it is important throughout the year but being exposed or
to direct sunlight for anywhere from say 10 or 15 minutes a day is really
beneficial even longer for darker skinned and certainly very important for
young and old it’s also important for me to stress that vitamin D cannot be
absorbed when you’re wearing sunscreen so when you are outside for just a short
amount of time avoid wearing sunscreen so that you
absorb that vitamin D okay I hope that helps see you next time bye

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  1. It was reassuring to know that in the winter that you could still absorb sunlight vitamin d thru your eyes, even though I been sitting out in my backyard with just shorts during the months nov- spite of the additional fact that I live in the northern hemisphere near the great lakes, & hearing that I was bathing in vain.thnx

  2. It is a myth that sunlight provides us vitamin D or vitamin D is present in sunlight. The fact is vitamin D is synthesized in skin of animals and humans in presence of sunlight. In animals and humans, when skin is exposed to sunlight, chole-calciferol (vitamin D3) is produced in skin by UV irradiation of 7-dehydro-cholesterol (a kind of cholesterol present in animals and humans).

    Therefore, wearing of sunglasses will not affect the synthesis of Vitamin D, however, your skin must be exposed to sunlight.

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