Calcium and phosphorus are essential for healthy teeth, but they’d be nothing without vitamin D. This mighty mineral helps them absorb others to strengthen and protect enamel.
And what’s the way to get vitamin D? The answer is right in front of our sunglasses. Coloradans are spoiled with 300 days of sun per year.
So while we soak up our last sunny days sans snow, here are 3 tips to help to get vitamin D safely:
1. Minimize Unprotected Exposure
Sunscreen’s one con: It blocks our bodies from absorbing vitamin D. Pending your skin’s pigmentation, a few exposed minutes in midday sun can provide a daily dose of D. But the dangers of sun exposure are real. Seek shade and slab on the ‘screen after your skin hits its minute limit.
2. Protect Your Face and Eyes
The skin on your face and around your eyes is thin, making it more susceptible to UV damage. Never miss your moneymaker—apply sunscreen and wear polarized sunglasses with UV400 protection.
3. Supplement Your Daily Dose
Vitamin D can be found naturally in foods like fatty fish and egg yolks, but it’s more common in fortified foods such as milk and cereal. Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamin D can help balance your daily intake—especially if you’re throwing shade to the sun.
A little goes a long way. The key to vitamin D is to get sun-kissed—not scorched.