Updated: Apr 20, 2021
Have you noticed with summer approaching; longer daylight hours, bright early mornings and lots more sunshine that you have more bounce in your step? I have! :)
This is because energetically we are coming out of the dull slumber of winter and into the vibrant windy energy of spring. Plus there's more sun about and sunshine makes us humans feel happier and it stimulates your body to make Vitamin D, as it's one of your happy hormones :)
Vitamin D also has a strong relationship with our sex hormones. I hold regular health and wellness workshops such as Master your Health and Hormones on the Sunshine Coast.
The interesting thing is that even here on The Sunshine Coast where we have mostly sunny days you would think that our vitamin D levels would be awesome right?! But the truth is they aren't (below 80 nmol, the established optimal level for blood vitamin D)! So why not?
Here are the Factors to Consider 1: Indoor lifestyle and Sunscreen use: We all know the damaging effects of the sun so we cover up when out in the sun. This is important but when we do this we can also prevent ourselves from receiving the beneficial effects of the sun. So my recommendation is to get outside in the sun a few times a week in the early or later hours of the day when the sun isn't damaging and catch a few healthy rays :) The hours between 9:30am-4:00pm are safest.
You can check the UV Index on the day to be more accurate. The range is 0-12 and values above 11 are considered extreme. In Australia, peak daily values in summer are regularly in excess of 12-14, and can reach 16-17 at more northern latitudes! Being out in UV levels below 3 are recommended for vitamin D absorption and are safe.
BUT... It's not as easy as just getting enough sun, as the amount of vitamin D you can produce is affected by these sun factors: season, time of day, ozone amount, latitude, and number of clouds in the sky, even the the temperature of your skin!
However, one great thing to know when it comes to the sun for vitamin D produ