Did you know that the sunshine vitamin aka vitamin D is not actually a vitamin? Despite the name, vitamin D is considered a pro-hormone and not actually a vitamin.
All of us have heard of Vitamin D, a nutrient that even the laziest can easily acquire by walking about in sunlight for a few minutes easy enough in a sunlight abundance country like India. It’s importance will be felt, as my friend says, in the dark winters of Canada and similar cold countries.
Vitamins are nutrients that cannot be created by the body and therefore must be taken in through our diet.
However, vitamin D can be synthesized by our body when sunlight hits our skin.
It is estimated that sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week allows most people to produce sufficient vitamin D, but vitamin D breaks down quite quickly, meaning that stores can run low, especially in winter. You can read more about Vitamin D benefits here.
So what are you waiting for? Soak up your SunDay dose of sunlight now!
You can read Kanika’s take here.