You may have heard how important it is to have healthy vitamin D levels, but did you know that your body manufactures vitamin D when sunlight is absorbed through the skin from the sun’s rays? Just another reason to love sunshine! The farther you are from the equator, the weaker those rays become in winter and you can develop a deficiency. Couple that with how covered you are for warmth and spending less time in the sun, you can understand how vitamin D levels can really drop in winter. Should you move to a tropical island? While that might be nice, that’s not an option for most people, so there are things you can do to help make sure your vitamin D stays at a healthy level in winter.
Not many foods naturally provide a significant amount of vitamin D. It is found in cod liver oil, swordfish and salmon, but most people get their daily vitamin D intake from fortified foods such as fortified milk, cereal, yogurt, or orange juice.
It’s especially important in the winter months to make sure that you’re getting enough vitamin D, so talk to your doctor about taking a vitamin D3 supplement if you’re not eating enough D-fortified foods. Vitamin D builds up over time, so if you are at a low level your doctor may recommend a higher supplement. If you’re concerned about your levels, your doctor can do a simple blood test to check.
If you spend a lot of time outside in winter your body can still create some vitamin D from absorbing the sun’s rays, especially when it is bouncing off of bright white snow. Make sure at least your hands and face are exposed for periods if it’s not too cold. You should still protect your skin with sunscreen. Applying Christie’s RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream right before you go outdoors will give your body time to absorb some rays before the sunscreen takes full effect.