A couple of sunny days and the smiles are spreading. Are we also starting to get a bit of vitamin D?
Vitamin D works with calcium and phosphorus for healthy muscles, teeth and bones. Our bodies make Vitamin D under the skin when we are outside in sunlight. In the UK, the suns UV rays are strong enough to make vitamin D from April to September. We make the most vitamin D during the summer in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest. However, up to 40% of the UK population have low vitamin D levels during the winter months. In addition during the summer months we are now all being a bit more skin savvy, and most of us follow advice to stay out of direct sunlight when the sun is at its strongest and wear sunscreen. So, how do we get enough?
Last year new recommendations for vitamin D were published in the UK.
For more information on vitamin D visit https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/VitaminD.pdf