Top up on sunshine and vitamin D in Lyme Regis
Leading medical research charity Arthritis Research UK is using the first day of British Summer Time to remind groups at risk of vitamin D deficiency to beat Britain’s grey skies and top up their levels of the essential ‘sunshine’ vitamin.
Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, said the advice was simple: "When the days are sunny, go out for a few minutes and expose your face and arms to the sunshine."
“In less sunny months, we recommend that people top up the vitamin D in your diet by eating more oily fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, pilchards and sardines, and foods ‘fortified’ with vitamin D, such as breakfast cereals and some margarines. You could also consider taking a vitamin D supplement.”
With the forecast for this coming week in Lyme Regis to be sun, sun and sun, now is the time to take a break in one of the excellent Lyme Regis hotels and get your sunshine top up.
But Alan also had a warning on overexposure: "Don't allow your skin to go red, and take care not to burn, particularly in strong sunshine and if you have fair or sensitive skin."
Published on 25/03/2012.