Did you know that without adequate levels of Vitamin D in your body, any calcium that you consume can not be absorbed?
Did you also know that it is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet? You would have to drink at least 10 tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get the bare minimum. Or you can just spend some time in the sun. Yes I just said the dreaded S word.
It seems the Skin Cancer message has been a little too effective. We have slip, slop, slapped and grown very fearful of the sun. While this may help reduce skin cancer rates, it has also created another serious problem - Vitamin D deficiency.
Right at this very moment 40% of the world is deficient in vitamin D!
This amazing vitamin helps prevent osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer and breast cancer, and even effects diabetes and obesity. It even helps reduce acne!
Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition, and the best bit is that it’s free! Your body NATURALLY makes it when sunlight touches your skin. How clever is that?
Now I know many of you are thinking, but what about the damaging effects on your skin like wrinkles and skin cancer?
This is a valid concern.
You don't need to fry yourself in the sun, just a little every day will go a long way. But there's a catch - the healing rays of natural sunlight that generate vitamin D in your skin cannot penetrate glass. Meaning you can't generate vitamin D while you're sitting in your car, home or sunny office. Sunscreens (even the weakest kind like SPF 8) block your body’s ability to generate vitamin D by 95%.
You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to turn pink and begin to burn.
The amount of vitamin D you get from exposing your bare skin to the sun will depend on:
You can also get vitamin D by taking supplements. This is a good way to get vitamin D, especially if you're deficient or can’t get enough sunlight, or if you’re worried about exposing your skin.
How do I know if I'm deficient?
Having a blood tests to measure the amount of vitamin D in your blood is the only way to know if you’re getting enough vitamin D or not. You can also press firmly on your sternum, if it hurts, this might be a sign that you're deficient but get a test to make sure.
Can I get too much Vitamin D?
Absolutely. You can't get too much from the sun because your body knows how to regulate it, but if you are taking supplements you can develop vitamin D toxicity, and hapens if you take 40,000 IU per day for over a long period of time, or take a very large one-time dose.
Vitamin D is important if you're trying to conceive or currently pregnant!
If you're trying to conceive, or currently pregnant, vitamin D is crucial for your baby's development. A deficiency is believed to play a key role in increasing your baby's risk of diabetes, multiple sclerosis and colon cancer.
In fact, a recent systematic review found that women with vitamin D levels greater than 50nmol/L were more likely to conceive than women with a vitamin D deficiency. However, it's important to note that vitamin D supplements were found to be of no benefit for women with already healthy vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is important as you age.
Low levels of vitamin D are common in older age and is linked to speedy decline in cognitive function. Recent research suggests that lower levels of vitamin D may lead to a higher risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia.
So there you have it folks, with all this good sun it's time to top up, sensibly. Like everything, it's all about moderation.
Image borrowed from mytanningtips.com
Has this ever happened to you? You're all pumped up about going to a gym class and need a workout buddy, you call your BFF (naturally) and she's not feeling it. Need a movie date to a new chick flick, speed dial your BFF and she's not there. If you're a mum, have you ever made plans with your fellow BMF (best mum friend) and she cancels on you because her baby is sick, or she's just having a bad day. If you have said yes to any of the above you generally have three options... go on your own, call in the B team, or completely cancel and eat a tub of ice cream because you feel rejected (or is that just me). Never again ladies! Your new BFF could be just a swipe away!
She is the face behind one of my favourite snacks, and the woman behind the lens of popular food pics. You many know her as The Fit Foodie, and if you don't know her now, watch this face, because she is going places! Sally O'Neil is one of the hardest working women I know. She is passionate and and ruthlessly persistent. Her instagram page has inspired over 86k and counting! For anyone new to the business world, Sally is an incredible inspiration having turned her passion for wellness into an incredible business.
In an often isolating world, sharing our experiences as mothers on instagram has helped so many mums connect with other like minded souls going through the same highs and lows. I have loved watching fellow Brisbane super mum of five (yea mama!), Abbey Braithwaite, share her motherhood journey with the world. Her pictures are peppered with tiny fingers grabbing tasty morsels that she prepares and magical adventures with her little people. There is, of course, much more to this beautiful woman than you can share on instagram.
SUBSCRIBE & SAVE 10% OFF
YOUR FIRST ORDER
We know you're too busy for junk mail, so you will only be notified of important things like new arrivals, special offers and exciting news.