Getting sufficient vitamin D is essential for a healthy body. Vitamin D helps boost your immune system and is also incredibly important for bone growth.
One of the easiest ways to get your vitamin D fix is through sunlight, but sadly, as redheads know only too well, that big ball of fire isn’t our friend. Natural redheads’ pale skin is much more sensitive to UV rays than other hair colours, so it doesn’t take much sunlight for sunburn to occur.
Human skin generates vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, in particular UVB rays. The amount of vitamin D your body can produce depends on the time of day, your location and the colour of your skin. Luckily for us pale redheads, we are able to produce more vitamin D when exposed to less sunlight. The darker your skin, the more UV exposure you need to generate sufficient vitamin D.
If you’re feeling a little lacking in vitamin D however, particularly during winter, vitamin D supplements are another option, but getting in the habit of taking a lot of supplements is not always the best choice for your body.
Before you rush to the pharmacy, did you know that certain foods have the ability to help you generate more vitamin D?
Fish like salmon or tuna have the ability to heighten vitamin D generation in your body, with half a salmon fillet providing your recommended daily dose of vitamin D.
Keep them exposed to sunlight for a while and this is said to boost your vitamin D intake even more!
It’s estimated that two large free-range eggs can hold about one-eighth of your recommended daily dose of vitamin D.
Not so healthy, but pork ribs are said to be the most vitamin-D-rich part of the animal.
Fortified cereal has this amazing ability as well, and a bonus is that the milk you put on that cereal also helps boost vitamin D!
You can get a good intake of vitamin D without damaging your skin and without taking supplements simply through your food selection. It’s a win-win situation: you’re practising healthy eating habits while also boosting your vitamin D intake!