“15 to 20 minutes of unprotected sun exposure, without skin reddening or burning, per day should be sufficient for most people to produce the required vitamin D levels. Most healthy diets contain vitamin D, but where appropriate levels can be increased by supplements or a diet containing vitamin D rich foods, e.g. Fish & Milk”
Professor Andrew Wright, Consultant Dermatologist, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Worried about Vitamin D?
Know the score...
It’s common knowledge that we need the sun to survive, the sun
makes us feel good and exposure to UVB radiation is the most
efficient way to boost our Vitamin D supply. Vitamin D is important
for the development and protection of strong and healthy teeth and bones, so it’s true that some sun is definitely good for us.
However, the fact is that over-exposure to UV is highly damaging to
our skin and with skin cancer rates continuing to massively increase,
it is very important to strike a balance! It’s important to remember that
we can also get Vitamin D from certain foods including milk, egg yolks,
fish and fortified cereals, so a healthy balanced diet is paramount.
Although environmental and personal factors greatly affect the
Vitamin D production in our skin (meaning there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’
level of exposure) best estimates suggest that for most people every
day casual exposure to sunlight is enough to produce the required Vitamin D levels.
Research has consistantly shown that Vitamin D can efficiently and sufficiently be produced at doses of UV below those which, cause reddening of the skin or sunburn – this means that just 15 – 20
minutes of unprotected sun exposure without the reddening or
burning of the skin is sufficient for the majority of people to produce
the required levels of Vitamin D.