Our Relationship With The Sun

In winter there are a few things that I am certain of; I’ll spend all of winter either feeling tired or hungry, keeping warm will be a struggle and I’ll get sick at least once.  This winter I’ve already managed to get sick and ended up in the waiting room of the doctor’s surgery.  I had a blood test and it turns out I’m vitamin D deficient.  

I was shocked with the diagnosis! I thought I had a pretty close relationship with the sun but apparently not close enough!  I spend time in the sun; in summer I occasionally sunbake to get some colour in me, I will lie in the sun during the hottest part of the day baking away. I do wear sun screen, but I know I shouldn’t be sun baking for hours during the hottest part of the day if I don’t want to get skin cancer.  I also walk outdoors a bit but I do work inside an office 5 days a week from 8:30 to 5pm.

After doing some research, it turns out that nearly a third of Australians are vitamin D deficient.  I won’t go into detail about what illnesses vitamin D is linked with, what I will say is it is important we get enough of it. 

In summer you need 6-8 minutes in the sun but in winter 40 minutes in the sun is recommended to get your daily dose of vitamin D.  To spend 40 minutes in the sun during winter seems impossible, as when it’s not raining or windy it’s bloody freezing!! I’m usually covered from head to toe in layers of clothing during winter; how the sun is going to get me? 

My doctor advised me I can also get vitamin D from fish and dairy products.  
So readers are any of you vitamin D deficient? Do you also struggle getting enough vitamin D?  Are you afraid to spend too much time in the sun?

One thought on “Our Relationship With The Sun”

  1. i grew up with a pool and started sun baking for hours on end until my sister had numerous skin cancers removed. Now i am a milky white and do fear getting too much sun.

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