Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

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Are you and your family getting enough Vitamin D? Vitamin D is super important for bone, muscle and immune health, and research has suggested it can also prevent cardiovascular disease, and reduce the risk of cancer. Our bodies produce Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, and as our lifestyles take us out of the sunshine and into the office more, it is no surprise that we may be a little Vitamin D deficient, despite living in such a beautiful sunny country! And unfortunately we can’t eat ourselves healthy on this one, as only a few foods contain Vitamin D, like oily fish or eggs. One solution is to take a Vitamin D supplement, but we recommend a healthy dose of getting outside just a little bit more! Here’s how:

  1. Take your lunch break outside. ‘What lunch break?’, I hear you say. Give this blog post a read on why taking just 15 minutes to eat your lunch is good for you, and your work productivity! And if it’s not lunch, then maybe your coffee break? We all need 5 minutes for a good cup of coffee, so why not enjoy it outside!
  2. Spend some time in the garden. Whether it’s planting some seeds for winter, or doing some general upkeep and maintenance, spending regular time in the garden is not only good for Vitamin D, it’s also good for your soul.
  3. Exercise outside! Take your yoga mat to the park, go for a hike in a nature reserve, or just walk the dogs every now and then. Sunshine, fresh air and a little cardio – exactly what the doctor ordered!
  4. Get ready when you get home from work. Although this one isn’t for the night owls among us, one way to encourage yourself to get outside, is to change into ‘outdoor clothes’ as soon as you’re home. If you’re in your shorts and t-shirt, you’re much more likely to do that little bit of gardening or take the dogs for a walk. Just an idea.
  5. Put together an outdoor box! What do you and your family love to do outside? Play cricket? Frisbee? Play catch with the dog? Or just lie on a picnic blanket with your book? Put everything together in a box, so it’s easy to grab what you need and get outside!

But keep in mind, at the end of the day, it’s about moderation. It’s important to get a little sunshine each day, when you can, but remember to also be careful that you aren’t getting too much sun exposure. A little goes a long way!

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