A few weeks ago we were teased with a period of warm, sunny weather and dared to think that perhaps we were in for a pleasant summer. The next thing we knew we were experiencing hailstones & having to unpack our winter wardrobes!
I am lucky enough to be going away on holiday to Portugal at the start of June & so hopefully this will give me a bit of a health boost, but what if you aren't going away to sunnier climes? Are there other ways to increase your intake of Vitamin D? Vitamin D is important for healthy bones and research also shows it can help to fight off colds and against depression. (health.com). I could definitely do with protection against colds, after having one on and off since Christmas time!
Although sunlight is one of the best ways to get your body producing Vitamin D there isn't a recommended amount of exposure due to the risk of skin cancer. I can't stay out in the sun for long anyway due to being "blessed" with pale skin. Laura & I have already been discussing the best fake tans, as she too is off to Portugal later this summer and is a fellow fair skinned lady.
Other methods of increasing your Vitamin D intake involve foods such as oily fish, mushrooms, fortified milk, fortified cereal, fortified orange juice, egg yolks, beef liver, cod liver oil & Vitamin D supplements. I may have to purchase some of our organic smoked salmon to keep me going in the meantime!
The NHS states that the majority of people will be getting enough Vitamin D by eating a balanced diet and getting some summer sun, so what better excuse is there to book that holiday?
During the summer months we see a sudden increase in 'Thank You' gift baskets with messages such as "thanks for letting us stay" or "thanks for lending us your apartment in Spain" or "thanks for pet-sitting" and so this is definitely holiday season! Fresh fruit baskets are always a big hit as summer thank you gifts, perhaps as it reminds you of sunnier times!