Vitamin D is so important to our skeletal structure that as humans migrated toward the poles, our skin, hair, and eyes mutated to a lighter color. If you think skin color is just a political talking point, think again! Skin color has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with Vitamin D. As people moved away from the equator, they needed lighter skin to absorb more sunlight during the long winters of nordic countries. On the other hand, dark skin was protection from direct, harmful sunlight and helped prevent skin cancer.
Sun Bathe Like A Lizard
If you live in a place where there isn’t a lot of sun during the winter time, there are ways to make sure you get enough Vitamin D to keep your bones strong. The easiest way is to go outside and expose your skin to the sun for about 10-15 minutes. If this isn’t possible because of winter conditions (like blizzards or just overcast skies for days on end), the next best option is to make sure you’re eating foods that are high in Vitamin D.
Vitamin D-rich Foods
Before the invention of dietary supplements and fortified foods, people ate things like mushrooms and oily fish to increase Vitamin D. This makes sense since mushrooms grew well in cold, dark, and damp environments. Oily fish were plentiful in the oceans and were a staple food in the diet of the Inuits. Of course, these people probably weren’t aware that they needed this vital vitamin. They just knew that those who ate these foods never developed weak bones.
So this winter, remember to get outside for some sunshine or throw some mushrooms or salmon into your dishes. Your bones will thank you.