Vitamin D in darker times

Less sunshine in these winter months, so it is very important to keep your levels of vitamine D up, which we can do with the sun, some foods and of course supplements.

Vitamin D is required to absorb dietary calcium into the body. It is therefore important for the growth and maintenance of strong bones and teeth. In addition, vitamin D plays a role in the proper functioning of the muscles and the immune system.

Sunlight is the main source of vitamin D. The body can produce vitamin D itself in the skin under the influence of sunlight. Vitamin D is also in vegetarian food: in Holland Vitamin D is added to (low-fat) margarine. For vegetarians good news, but not for vegans which should have extra intake of the supplements.

There is scientific evidence that because of the lack of vitamin D, maladies linked to our lungs like pneumonia are increasing. The power of the sun is much greater than many years ago due to the thinning of the ozone layer. So we are using suncream almost every time we are exposed to sunshine to protect our skin. With that cream we still cannot take enough vitamine D out of sunshine with our skin. So we are actually receiving a lot less vitamin D than in earlier days. This is why we suffer more from lung related diseases, especially when you think of the fact that the quality of air had dropped as well.

Now in times of corona and related lung diseases as a fruit of the virus it is extra important to take enough vitamin D supplements (I can recommend the oil based supplements, because they are better taken into the blood through the bowel system). Besides going outside enough of course: at least half an hour a day, although it is super cold, just do it! Being outside in nature is very good for our health, ancient Ayurvedic science teaches us why in this earlier blog: Spending time in nature heals body and mind.

Stay healthy!