We know that vitamin D is obtained from sunshine, and therefore assume that during the summer you will get your vitamin D. But because it is the action of sun on the skin that activates vitamin D, those who stay in the shade, work indoors, or put sunscreen on all the time, may be deficient even in the summer.

Aim to get at least 10 minutes of sun per day on as much exposed skin as possible, but be careful at lunchtime on very hot days.  The aim is a gentle tan, not burn. If you can’t do this, you may still need to supplement 1,000 iu per day (25ug) to support immunity and healthy bones.

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