Getting direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors isn't the only source.
Vitamin D is is a nutrient our body needs for a variety of reasons, from keeping our bones and muscles healthy to supporting the normal function of the immune system. As the summer months come to a close, it's becoming increasingly harder to get our daily dose of Vitamin D. While this is by no means a new phenomenon, it has become a worrying addition to 2020.
Normally, most people would be able to get all the Vitamin D they need from sunlight in Ireland during the summer month. However, following the restrictions imposed as part of the ‘Stay at Home’ initiative to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus, many of us may not be spending as much time outside as we usually would. Luckily, catching a few rays is just one of the many ways to get your daily dose of the sunshine vitamin.
Staying cooped up (and safe) indoors doesn't have to mean a direct deficiency – here are all the expert-recommended ways to amp up your Vitamin D intake that don't involve going outdoors.
Take a supplement
Supplementation is the one surefire way to get your daily dose of Vitamin D delivered, and for those looking to fend off any risk of developing Covid-19, the minimum RDA is between 15 and 20 micrograms. We're fans of Vitabiotics's Ultra Vitamin D Extra Strength tablets, which only require taking one per day to help maintain optimum levels throughout the year.
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Look at your diet
According to Susan O’Dwyer, Pharmacy Strategy Manager for Boots Ireland, it can be difficult to get enough vitamin D from diet alone, but there are lots of fortified foods that can be easily incorporated into quarantine meals, even if your access to fresh veg isn't as plentiful as usually is.
Mushrooms are actually the only source of vitamin D in the produce section, but dairy, eggs and red meat are other options. Boost your intake early in the day by eating some cereal, washed down by a cold glass of orange juice for a quick and easy breakfast! Plant milk and fortified non-dairy yoghurts could work for vegans too, just be sure to check the labels.
Catch a few rays through your window
If you don't have access to a garden or balcony that you can sit out on during lockdown, try positioning a comfy chair near an open window that gets good light. Sitting here for a little while each day should provide some Vitamin D, as well as boosting your mood.
Just be sure to apply SPF to your face before doing so, UV rays (namely UVA) can penetrate through glass and cause premature ageing.
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