Vitamin D is a group of vitamins that are responsible for healthy bones, muscles and overall health. It is well known that sunlight is the best natural source of vitamin D and living in Australia we automatically assume that we are getting enough. However a study from Deakin University found that almost one third of Australians have at least a marginal Vitamin D deficiency. Long working hours and a rise in popularity of games and computers means that we are no longer spending as much time outdoors as we used to.
How much sunlight do we need?
Well it depends on your complexion, where you live and the time of year. In Queensland the general rule is 5 – 7 minutes during summer and 10 minutes during winter. For our friends in the southern parts of Australia you are looking at 6 – 8 minutes during summer and up to 30 minutes during Winter for our Tasmanian friends*.
For most people with fair skin, adequate levels are reached just through incidental sun exposure. Once you have met your optimal exposure of sunlight for the day, you are only increasing the chances of your skin burning.
How do we get enough sunlight by minimising our risk of skin cancer?
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world so we need to be extra vigilant about our time in the sun. By following our sun safety tips you can have your Vitamin D and enjoy the outdoors too!
*For more information check out healthybonesaustralia.org
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