It’s finally summer! Time for beach days, swimming in the pool, fishing at the lake, picnics in the park, family hikes, and much more. If ever there was a season to get out into the sun, it would be summer.
For many people taking a vitamin D supplement, there is a question of whether or not you need it to come summer. You’ll be in the sun much more, and everyone knows the best source of vitamin D is the sun.
The consensus among most doctors is to keep taking your vitamin D supplement throughout the summer. While your sun exposure – and therefore levels of vitamin D – might go up in the summer, there is a good chance you’ll still be deficient without a supplement.
Here is why taking a vitamin D supplement is essential year-round.
You Use Sunscreen
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen daily. Whether you use a chemical or mineral sunscreen, it’s vital to protect your skin from the sun 365 days per year.
Sunscreen can help prevent premature aging signs, like wrinkles and sunspots. But, most importantly, sunscreen protects your skin from damage that can cause skin cancer.
Applying enough sunscreen and reapplying often is one of the most important habits you can pick up for summer. However, while the miracles of sunscreen can not be overstated, there is one downside – less vitamin D.
When it comes down to sunscreen vs. vitamin D, almost every doctor and dermatologist will insist you continue wearing sunscreen. The risks are just too great. Thankfully, with a vitamin D supplement, you don’t have to worry about “wearing too much sunscreen.” Slather it on, protect your skin, and let the vitamin D supplement balance things out.
You Don’t Have a Lot of Direct Sunlight Exposure.
While you might spend a lot more time outdoors in summer, how much sun exposure are you getting?
Vitamin D is produced by the body when skin is exposed directly to sunlight. Sitting inside next to a window won’t help much. Wearing a big hat, sitting under a beach umbrella, or throwing on a swimsuit coverup will all cut the amount of direct sunlight your skin receives.
Plus, it would help if you considered how hot this summer might be. When the temperatures are soaring, you might find you spend even more time hiding in your air-conditioned house or sitting in the shade vs. out in direct sunlight.
Combine this with sunscreen, and the reality is that you probably aren’t getting as much sun exposure during the summer as you might think. So the best option for vitamin D in summer is to get a bit of extra from the sun and continue supplementing.
You Still Need Even More Vitamin D
So maybe you are one of those people who does take full advantage of the summer sun. You get out in the sun daily, have direct sun exposure, and skip the sunscreen occasionally. You might be one of the few who really can skip their vitamin D supplement in summer.
But is it worth the risk?
Vitamin D is vital for the proper functioning of the human body. Every cell in your body has its receptor site for vitamin D.
It has been well studied that vitamin D deficiency can directly lead to fragile, weakened, and distorted bones. In addition, long-term vitamin D deficiency is very likely to lead to osteoporosis.
While calcium absorption and bone health are the most well studied, vitamin D has also been important for a vast range of health conditions. The “Vitamin D Council” – a group promoting vitamin D deficiency awareness – has found that vitamin D supplements can be used to help improve –
- Autoimmune diseases
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- The common flu
- Neuromuscular diseases
When it comes to vitamin D, you don’t want to risk being deficient. Taking a vitamin D supplement year-round is a great idea. Most people who are severely inadequate don’t even know it. Unless you are regularly having your blood tested and know for a fact that you aren’t deficient, you really should consider a vitamin D supplement.
Finding the Right Vitamin D Supplement
Hopefully, we have shown just how vital vitamin D supplements are and why you should probably continue taking a supplement all through summer.
Now, you need to find the right supplement for you and your needs. At Eric’s Health Food Shoppe, we carry several different vitamin D supplement brands. We welcome you to the store to browse on your own, or if you need help deciding on the right supplement, our knowledgeable staff is also happy to help.