How to Make Sure You're Getting Enough Vitamin D
One of the biggest benefits of spring is the longer days, and in turn, more exposure to that big beautiful sun we’ve been missing. Not only is getting enough sunlight vital to our emotional well-being, it also delivers Vitamin D, which is essential to our physical and mental wellness as well.
Not sure if you’re getting enough Vitamin D, and if not, what to do about it? You know we’ve got you.
So, how long should I spend outside?
It’s recommended that we all get at least 600 IUs of Vitamin D daily, but that’s not exactly a measurable amount for spending time outdoors. It’s also important to consider factors like your location, the time of day, and the season to calculate how much Vitamin D you’re actually getting from just soaking up the sun. For example, you’ll get more Vitamin D in 15 minutes outdoors on a sunny summer day than you would on a late afternoon in the spring or fall. Aim for 15 to 30 minutes daily as part of your wellness routine.
But what if I can't spend 30 minutes outside a day?
Relatable! If you’re busy during those peak sunny hours, it’s smart to make sure you’re eating foods rich in Vitamin D, like tuna, salmon or cheese, or supplementing your diet to make up for the loss. If you start to notice symptoms like chronic fatigue, recurring sickness, mood changes and muscle weakness, it could be time to ramp up your daily dose.
I'm not into supplements, what else can I do?
Take your Vitamin D topically! Just as our body creates Vitamin D naturally when it’s exposed to sunlight outdoors, our skin can also convert Vitamin D that’s applied topically to keep nutrient levels fully charged.
Our Forest Bathing In a Bottle Spray is packed with bioavailable Vitamin D3—that means it’s the type that’s easiest for your body to absorb and make use of. It’s correlated with benefits like an elevated mood, increased immunity, and reduced inflammation. So those days when you can’t spend your time soaking in the sun, a few spritzes of I’m Outside should do just the trick—and you’ll smell great, too.