but do not take any action regarding correcting it.
Vitamin D is created in your body after exposure to sunlight. You can get vitamin D from supplements also and a very small amount comes from a few foods you eat.
Such as some fishes, fish liver oil, egg yolks, fortified dairy, cereals, and green products. What makes vitamin D unique compared to other vitamins is that your body can make vitamin D for itself when you expose your skin to sunlight. Whereas you need to get all the vitamins from the foods you eat. How long should you spend in the sun to get enough Vitamin D?
How Long To Stay under the Sun?
Finding to how long to stay in sun in order to produce enough amounts of vitamin d can be tricky and is different for every person. Hence there isn’t the same recommendation for everyone. The reason for that is the amount of time you need to spend in the sun for your skin to make enough vitamin d depends on the number of factors such as :
How dark is your skin is or how easily you get sunburnt, the thickness of the Ozone Layer or the time of the year or at what time of day? It is believed that a short daily period of sun exposure without sunscreen about 10-15 minutes for lighter skin people during the summer months is sufficient for most people to make enough vitamin D.
And the evidence suggests that the most effective Time of Day for vitamin D production is between 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The larger the area of skin that is exposed to sunlight the more chances are there of making sufficient vitamin d before you start to burn.
Common causes for lack of vitamin D:
1.Limited Exposure to the Sunlight:
Some of us live in Northern latitudes, wearing long clothes or have a job that is taken place mostly indoors. Using sunscreen also inhibits vitamin D production.
2. Dark Skin:
People with darker skin have higher levels of melanin and this pigment reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
3. Kidney and Liver Function:
These organs play a vital role in converting vitamin d to its active form. So kidney or liver diseases can reduce the ability of these organs to create the biologically active form of vitamin D in the body.
4. Strict Vegetarian Diet:
Food sources that contain Vitamin D are mostly animal based such as fish and fish oils, egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver. So people on strict vegetarian diet suffer a deficiency of vitamin d more in comparison to people on a non-vegetarian diet.
5. Digestive Problems:
Certain Medical conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Cystic fibrosis, and Celiac disease can lower the ability of the intestines to absorb vitamin D from food.
Obesity may cause low vitamin D level. Various researches suggest that vitamin D may become trapped inside fat tissue. So less amount of vitamin d is available in our blood circulation.