Get a hit of the sun­shine vi­ta­min

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

The sun is both the ma­jor cause be­hind skin can­cer and your best vi­ta­min D source, so be­ing sun smart

is a bal­anc­ing act. The key vi­ta­min main­tains cal­cium and phos­pho­rus lev­els, and keeps your bones healthy and strong.

Stud­ies show peo­ple who use sun­screen in sum­mer still have ad­e­quate vi­ta­min D lev­els, and even more if they ex­er­cise out­doors. Most Aus­tralians get enough vi­ta­min D through in­ci­den­tal ex­po­sure to the sun.

If you’re over 50, dark-skinned, im­mo­bile, do lit­tle out­door ac­tiv­ity or cover up for any rea­son, you may be at risk of de­fi­ciency. Speak to your GP about whether you need to take sup­ple­ments.

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