Summer is finally here! Most associated with the happiest season, summer signifies so many things for people. We enjoy summer for the heat and the fact that it symbolizes vacation time. It’s a positive sign that the harsh and frigid weather is over and it’s time to enjoy beach days and fresh food. It also means that school’s out and kids get a break for a few months. Since we will be spending a lot more time outdoors, let us talk about the importance of the sunshine vitamin – Vitamin D.

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Vitamin D is a nutrient your body needs for building and maintaining healthy bones. Our bodies make Vitamin D from sunlight when it interacts with a chemical in your skin. It also regulates and supports many other functions in your body.

Importance of Vitamin D:

  • creates stronger bone density
  • supports immune health
  • reduces the risk of cancer
  • helps treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema
  • alleviates arthritic symptoms

PLUS, Vitamin D has many health benefits! According to Healthline, it can reduce your risk of developing:

  • heart disease
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • depression
  • weight gain

Studies have also shown that being outside in the sun boosts happiness and makes people feel more positive and energized. Healthline also states that “…serotonin…is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused”. So, what does this mean? It basically means that it stabilizes your mood and helps you feel content and at ease.

Doctors say it’s extremely important to have enough Vitamin D because depletion can cause high levels of fatigue, depression and anxiety. Few foods are naturally rich in vitamin D, however, many foods that we eat are fortified with vitamin D like dairy products and cereals.

According to Medical News Today, the following foods contain sufficient amounts of vitamin D:

  • fatty fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel, and tuna)
  • mushrooms
  • beef liver
  • egg yolk
  • fortified milk
  • fortified cereals and juices

With that said, summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the sunshine. As long as you pile on the sunscreen and stay hydrated, there’s no reason you shouldn’t spend all summer outside. After all, it’s the shortest season of the year, so make it count!

Are you attending any Summer Camps? Did you know that we offer In-Person and Virtual Camps this summer? Check out our website for more info: https://www.rookstocooks.ca/

Feel free to let us know about your exciting summer plans and tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@rookstocooks). Stay safe and have fun!