The «sunshine vitamin»
Vitamin D is a hormone that our body produces in the skin with the help of sunlight. This is why it is also called the «sunshine vitamin».
Important for bones, muscles and immune system
This hormone is primarily important for healthy bones and muscles. It is also said to have a positive influence on cardiovascular, metabolic or immunological processes.
While a healthy body usually produces sufficient vitamin D in summer, a deficiency can occur in winter and in chronic diseases. Symptoms include bone pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, but also depressive moods and infection
This is how you can prevent a deficiency
- Allow yourself enough sunshine. In summer 10-15 minutes are enough.
- In winter, it is recommended that you take a vitamin D supplement, as winter sun exposure in Switzerland is not sufficient (15 to 20 μg Vitamin D per day from the age of 18).
- Make sure you eat a diet rich in vitamin D, such as sea fish and dairy products.
You suspect a deficiency. What next?
A blood test can tell whether you have a vitamin D deficiency. There are different options and preparations for treatment. It is best to talk to your doctor directly.
By Michel Wenger, Medical Director, Centramed Basel Aeschen