The sun shines
Researchers from Deakin University have found most Australians simply need to head outdoors for a couple of minutes each day to keep their natural vitamin D levels within a normal range. “For many people the fix for not getting enough sunshine is a vitamin D supplement. While supplements have a place, it’s for the minority of the population,” explains Emeritus Professor
Caryl Nowson, from Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. “Supplements are only useful for those where the risk of vitamin D deficiency is high and low vitamin D status has been identified with a blood test. It is preferable for the body to make natural vitamin D because, unlike with supplements, there is no possibility of an overdose.”
While it is important to wear sunscreen during the day, especially during the hotter months, it is just as vital to get enough vitamin D naturally (through the sun’s ultraviolet rays). Always have a discussion with your healthcare team before taking any supplements.