How can I get enough Vitamin D?

Photo: @port.of.call

Photo: @port.of.call

At Skindepth Dermatology we advocate all things skin health, one important recommendation is being sun smart and wearing broad spectrum 50+ sunscreen daily, rain or shine. But we often get clients asking us about Vitamin D and how they can get enough if they stay out of the sun. As we know Vitamin D is important for supporting and maintaining a healthy skeletal, cardiovascular and immune system. So how can you get enough Vitamin D without compromising our health?  

Track the safest time of day to be outside: The cancer council have an app for your mobile phone where you can track the UV rating and see when the less intense times of UV exposure occurs. This is a great tool to select the safest times of the day to enjoy the sunshine and receive your Vitamin D top up.

Diet: Vitamin D can be sourced through certain foods. Egg yolks are high in Vitamin D, especially if the chickens are free-range. Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna are also good options.

Supplements: If your working indoors and are rarely outside, then you might be low in Vitamin D. In this case you may need to introduce a supplement to ensure sufficient Vitamin D.  In fact, some people say taking a Vitamin D supplement during the cooler months is a part of their winter routine. If you are unsure about your levels, a simple blood test with your GP can check how you are tracking.