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Why Your Vitamin D Levels May Be Low Even If You're Spending Time In The Sun

There is increasing awareness of vitamin D and its role in the development of strong bones. It’s also called the Sunshine Vitamin because vitamin D is produced by the body in response to the skin being exposed to sunlight. High vitamin D levels have also been associated with prevention of a lot of general health conditions like heart disease, asthma, cancer and dementia. Although becoming phobic about sun exposure is the most common cause of vitamin D deficiency, a significant number of people who get plenty of sun exposure have found themselves to be Vitamin D deficient. The most common reason for this is a phobia of one thing in their diet…

The 2-Course

The 2-Course “Sunshine Breakfast” will ensure healthy Vitamin D levels

It’s the phobia of fat in the diet that is the problem. 

Many people don’t eat enough healthy fat in their diet because they fear that all fat is bad for you. Damaged fats from highly refined and processed oils like in margarine, vegetable oil and trans fats that are found in processed food and junk food are definitely bad for you. Most other fats found in fish, nuts, olive oil, avocado and butter are perfectly healthy and essential.

Why is healthy fat so important for vitamin D?

Healthy fat is important for not just vitamin D but also for vitamins A, E and K  because they are all fat soluble vitamins. This means that you need healthy fat to help digest and assimilate these vitamins. 

Fish like sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel are ideal sources of vitamin D because they contain high levels of vitamin D and also contain plenty of healthy fats.

Other foods like eggs and various types of mushrooms are great sources of vitamin D but it also important that if you get Vitamin D from non-fish sources you need to ensure that you are getting plenty of additional fat in your diet. 

Every time you eat your vegetables you should have them with healthy fats like avocado, nuts and olive oil so you can benefit from absorbing all the fat soluble vitamins (Vitamin A, D, E and K) in your diet. I’m not a fan of foods like breakfast cereals that are fortified with vitamin D (or any vitamins for that matter) because they are poorly absorbed by the body in this form.

My way of ensuring high vitamin D levels is to have my 2-course “Sunshine Breakfast”…

1st Course: 30 minutes exercise out in the early morning sun with no sunscreen on.

2nd Course: Gluten free toast with avocado, topped with smoked salmon, baby spinach, and egg and cracked pepper.

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