Now is the time to begin building your Vitamin D naturally. When it is sunny, spend some time in the sun. With no sun tan lotion for some part of the time. If you do this regularly this spring and summer, you can begin the reduce your vitamin D drops. Here are a few helpful hints from the Vitamin D council:
March marks the first month that everyone around the world can receive adequate vitamin D from safe sun exposure. However, March is also the month when vitamin D levels are the lowest for those living in northern mid-latitudes.
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but keep in mind these important facts:
- Do NOT burn. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to turn pink.
- Wait to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks vitamin D production. So, while it’s important to protect your skin, allow yourself some time outside in the sunshine without sunscreen.
- If your shadow is shorter than you are tall, the sun is at the right angle for your skin to make vitamin D.