~by The Wellness Team
This fall and winter, you should prioritize getting vitamin D. This is an important part of fighting off seasonal threats. The problem that you might run into is getting vitamin D during these cooler months.
The sun is our main source of vitamin D. In the fall and winter months, there is less daylight. You might be less inclined to spend time outdoors too, due to the cold weather. So, even if there is some sunshine, you might not be getting out and enjoying it enough.
Vitamin D is vital during the fall and winter months. This is because it helps to protect against seasonal threats. Having healthy levels of vitamin D can help prevent seasonal threats by giving your body the immunity boost it needs. It can boost the function of the immune cells in your body.
Because of this, it’s important to increase your vitamin D intake in other ways. Here are a few things to try!
1. Find the sunniest parts of the day and get outside. It’s not always possible to find a warm time in the day, but it’s worth a try. Check your local weather report for the warmest and sunniest parts of the day. Your clothing, as well as sunscreen, may block vitamin D production. If you have light skin, spending 10 to 15 minutes in the sun can give you enough vitamin D.
2. Eat foods rich in vitamin D. By eating foods that contain vitamin D, you can boost your immune system. A few examples include tuna, salmon, mushrooms, and egg yolks. You can also shop for vitamin D-fortified foods to add to your diet. Note that each food has different amounts of vitamin D, so keep track of how much you’re getting and how much you need.
3. Try a UVB lamp. UV lamps mimic the sun’s radiation, which prompts your body to produce vitamin D. There are many different UV lamps on the market that can help to improve your vitamin D levels. Be sure to read all instructions, as too much exposure from a UV light can cause burning. You may safely use a UV lamp for a maximum of 15 minutes.
You may also take vitamin D supplements. It’s best to talk to your doctor about how much vitamin D you need. Despite you getting less sun exposure in the fall, you can still take in this important vitamin and stay healthy.