Take your vitamins. That’s what we’re told to do to stay healthy. Even if we’re taking our vitamins and eating a healthy diet, as writers we may be neglecting one very important nutrient. It’s the one that comes from somewhere besides a bottle.
Vitamin D is a nutrient whose importance is getting more attention. Vitamin D is known for promoting bone health, but it has also been recently linked to cardiovascular, reproductive and mental health. Lack of vitamin D can cause osteoporosis and several other unpleasant things.
Why would writers lack vitamin D? Writers generally spend a lot of their working time indoors and we metabolize vitamin D naturally through our skin from ultraviolet sunlight. Some of us only get the rays of the computer screen reflecting off our faces throughout the day.
There’s an easy way to get your vitamin D. Sunshine is the #1 way for the body to absorb this nutrient. Ten minutes a day in the non-peak hours to avoid the harsher rays (before 11 am and after 3 pm), and we can get a good dose of vitamin D. High exposure to ultraviolet sunlight can cause skin cancer so more is not necessarily better.
If you think you may be vitamin D deficient don’t take vitamin D in pill form without checking with your doctor first. They can check with a blood test to determine whether you need supplementation.
Want more information about Vitamin D? Check out these links:
Five Easy Ways To Get More Vitamin D from Glamour Health and Fitness
Now you have a good excuse to take your laptop and cup of coffee outside in the morning and catch a few rays while you’re working on the Great American Novel.