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Sunshine good for health

Vitamin D deficiency is a common health complaint for many people, even when they live in a sun-drenched country such as Australia. Vitamin D deficiency has become such a problem that doctors are now recommending an annual test and supplementation may be warranted for some people year round. Protecting our skin from skin cancer is important, but a daily safe dose of sun, the body’s main way of manufacturing Vitamin D, is equally as vital to everyday health. Do beware of the growing category of processed foods that promise extra Vitamin D in your diet. The sun is the best source for quality Vitamin D, and most foods that claim extra Vitamin D will lack other necessary vitamins and minerals for its uptake. Milks, yoghurts and cereals have recently been launched with the added Vitamin D claim ‚Äì read labels carefully and know that if you are deficient, foods such as these will have no real or lasting impact on your serum Vitamin D levels, or health.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world.

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