If you’re tired of cold weather and rain, you’re probably wishing you could go on holiday for a week or two. Well, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to book a flight to an exotic destination, the good news is that it could be just what you need to boost your bone health.

 

The Importance of Vitamin D

 

Vitamin D is a vital component for good bone health, helping your body to process calcium more effectively. It promotes the absorption of calcium from food so your muscles and bones can become stronger and more supportive.

 

How Can I Boost Vitamin D?

 

Sunlight is know to be the very best Vitamin D source. Only a very tiny amount of vitamin D can be gained from food like eggs and oily fish. Experts recommend at least ten minutes of exposure to the sun on your bare skin at least once per day to absorb Vitamin D most effectively into your body. You need to actually be outdoors to benefit from Vitamin D in the sun’s UVB rays, so sitting next to a window isn’t good enough. There’s never been a better reason to get on that sun lounger!

 

Staying Safe

 

Of course, you should remember to stay safe on your sunny holiday. Only ten minutes of direct exposure is required, after that, you should put on sunscreen. If you have very fair skin, a history of skin cancer or lots of freckles and moles, you should avoid the sun during the middle of the day as this is when it’s at its strongest.