The importance of Vitamin D for your health

During the winter months it is important to keep up with the vitamin intake to stay healthy.

Vitamin D is a very important one we get from sunshine exposure or food.

As Harvard Health says:

Results suggest that vitamin D may have an important role in many aspects of human health, from bone fractures to prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuromuscular problems, and diabetes.

Vitamin D’s best-known role is to keep bones healthy by increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium. Low levels of vitamin D lead to low bone calcium stores, increasing the risk of fractures. 

According to the publication, intestines, prostate, heart, blood vessels, muscles and endocrine glands have tissues containing vitamin D receptors. The body needs to have enough vitamin D so that these receptors can do any good for your health.

The amount of vitamin D our body needs is small, but most people don’t get it in the winter. Limited exposure to sunlight is the main factor. Some foods that can help with the vitamin D intake are: fatty fish like salmon or tuna, and egg yolks.

In countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, or the UK it can be hard to receive the necessary vitamin D intake during the winter.  When recovering from a medical procedure or a surgery it’s important to get all the necessary vitamins for a quick recovery, especially for seniors, for people recovering from and orthopedic surgery or doing physiotherapy.

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon sunlight is unique.

Since the exposure to sunlight is key to receive vitamin D, Portugal is a great option to get it. With an average of 3300 of sunshine hours per year, the country enjoys mild winters compared to most European countries. Despite December and January are the wettest months, there are still several sunny days during the winter. And the temperatures are usually welcoming for a daily walk outside. Read more about Portugal during the winter here.

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