Sunshine for body, soul and health
Another long day in the office. It’s already dark outside by the time you set off for home, exhausted in mind and body. But also in the lunch break, when the sun was shining, there was no opportunity to go outside and spend a half-hour sitting in the health-boosting. Most working people in our latitudes will recognise this narrative as the norm. Our modern lifestyle and modern working conditions mean that we spend the greatest part of the day enclosed indoors.
But especially in the winter months, this can be a problem. Because in order to function properly, our body needs a particular hormone, vitamin D, and in order to generate this it requires a certain degree of exposure to sunlight. However, we quite simply spend too little time in the sunshine to stimulate a sufficient level of endogenous, UV-induced vitamin D synthesis in the skin. That is not only bad for our bones, it also encourages numerous illnesses. Studies point to a clear link between too little vitamin D in the blood and a constantly lengthening list of medical conditions, including osteoporosis, muscle weakness, heart attacks, diabetes, rheumatism, depression, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Poor wound healing, back pain and fatigue are in the catalogue, too. Depression, in particular, is a widespread problem that affects many people in winter.
Which is not surprising. For especially in winter, as the hours of sunshine become less and less, most people have an under-supply of vitamin D. In our latitudes, from mid-October to mid-March, the sun is simply too low in the sky, even at midday, to trigger any significant vitamin D synthesis. And unfortunately, even a long winter walk is not enough. At this time of year, people live off the store of vitamin D deposited in their fatty tissue during the summer. If the store of vitamin D in the body is already too low at the start of the winter because of failure to accumulate enough during the summer, it can fall further in the course of the winter to a level that is harmful to health. That is perhaps also one reason why flu outbreaks tend to occur predominantly in February and March.
So it is important, especially now in the winter months, to ensure an adequate supply of vitamin D for the body. Even an optimised nutrition regime is not able to make up for the deficit. While it is possible to supply the body with vitamin D through the intake of various foodstuffs, the diet would have to include fatty fish or egg yolks, for example, every day in order to prevent a vitamin D shortage. So what we need are natural vital substances - if possible in high doses. They provide the body with as much vitamin D as it really needs. So people who take care of maintaining a healthy vitamin D level throughout the year not only ensure good health but also bring sunshine and good spirits into their lives.