Do you feel happier after a day in the sun? There’s a reason for that: Vitamin D!
How Vitamin D is Produced:
When your body is exposed to sunlight, the sun’s rays interact with cholesterol in your skin cells, providing the necessary energy for vitamin D synthesis to occur.
8-15 minutes of sun per day is generally sufficient for making plenty of Vitamin D. Just be sure to protect yourself from overexposure to sunlight.
Vitamin D is one of only 2 vitamins that your body can produce on its own!
Benefits of Vitamin D:
Other Ways to Get Vitamin D:
If you can’t find the time to soak up some sun, or simply don’t live in a sunny place, there are a few Vitamin D rich foods you can include in your diet. These include tuna, mackerel, oysters, shrimp sardines, and anchovies, mushrooms, egg yolks, and foods fortified with Vitamin D. You can also try a supplement. For most people, 1,000-4,000 IU is considered a safe daily dose, but you should consult a physician prior to adding any supplements to your daily regimen.
Now that Summer is officially here, us Houstonians should have no problem getting our Vitamin D in!
Happy (and safe) sun soaking, everyone!