Posted Jul 18, 2018
Ahh summer. Hopefully you’ve got your toes in the water, your butt in the sand and you’re basking in those summer rays as you read this. But, does soaking up the summer sun cover your daily dose of vitamin D? Our nutritionist, Dabney Poorter, is weighing in on why you should still take vitamin D in summer.
During summer months, I am often asked if we still need to take a vitamin D supplement. I want to explain why this supplement is important year round, yes even in the summer!
Every cell in your body has a receptor site for vitamin D, which makes it more like a hormone than a vitamin. A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis and impact your mood. Vitamin D supports your immune system and is critical for people with autoimmune disorders.
The best source of vitamin D is the sun. However, the sunlight is strong enough in only 3 to 4 months out of the year to stimulate the skin to produce enough of the vitamin D your body needs. In fact, even in these months your extremities would need to be fully exposed without sunscreen during peak hours of sunlight for 20 to 30 minutes per day. Most people do not receive enough vitamin D from sunlight as the primary source.