As we find ourselves in spring with the weather heating up and Covid restrictions being lifted, don’t we all want to treat ourselves and enjoy the outdoors? One thing I know I have missed and ultimately have suffered for, is the Vitamin D from getting out and catching that all important sun ray. It’s for the most part overlooked, but can really effect your Health and everyday mood.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, which means it does not absorb in water but is absorbed into the bloodstream when paired with fatty acids. This means they are not easily excreted as water soluble vitamins are.
Deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to bone deformities including rickets and osteoporosis. It aids in the absorption of calcium so if you’re limited in vitamin D, the chances are you are low in calcium too, and we all know how calcium helps with our bone health.
What can we do?
There are a few actions we can take to help increase our vitamin D intake.
The first would be to ensure we are eating a well balanced and nutritious diet, including foods like oily fish, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods/drinks such a cereals, milk and even orange juice. This is not always as easy as is sounds, especially if you’re vegan you may not be able to accumulate sufficient amounts of Vitamins D from foods or drink.
A second action that could be taken is to supplement your vitamins. This can help boost your intake in vitamin D and calcium the easy way. There are plenty of supplement companies out there that do either multivitamins, vitamin D on its own or Vitamin D & Calcium capsules. Always read the label to identify the Recommended Daily Value so you are it over consuming.
The 3rd thing, and personally to me the best way to get your vitamin D is to be outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. There’s no better remedy, and I think you’ll all agree, when you start going outside more, you just start to feel better in yourself.
One great way to achieve this in the privacy of your own back garden is to get yourself a beautiful Wooden Hot tub. You can get the best of all worlds. Firstly, even if the sun isn’t shining, the rays will still shine through enough to get you sufficient vitamin D, secondly, it’s utterly relaxing and helps de stress your body and mind, which is always a good thing. Thirdly, how cool is it to own a hot tub and now the Covid restrictions are being lifted, you can have your mates around, pull out the bbq, and have a great time relaxing, chatting and catching up in the tub. Hot tubs come in all shapes and sizes, you can do your bit for the environment and get your natural heated hot tubs which are wood fired hot tubs, saving yourself on electric and being a more green you.
Another way is to just set yourself a goal to walk a certain amount of steps each day. Let’s say 5,000 steps 4 days a week. This is a great way to get out and enjoy the sun. You can even get your headphones in and listen to your favourite pod cast along the way. Before you know it, those 5,000 steps will be achieved and you’ll feel great for it, your body will also thank you.
Affects on mental health
Don’t ignore the science and proof of how the outdoors can effect your health, mentally and physically. Have you heard of the acronym SAD? This stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It can effect a lot of people’s mental health, sapping them of energy and feeling depressed/moody throughout the season of autumn & winter. It is thought that Vitamin D has a huge role in this, and the fact that during these seasons you’re less likely to be outside getting the sunshine and Vitamin D you need.
So just make sure to open your door and step outside. It sounds so simple, but people don’t realise just how powerful it can be. It will put a spring in your step believe me.