How much Vitamin D are you getting? Using the D-Minder App to find out
Vitamin D is a tricky one. I feel we have been so engrained to “Slip, slop, slap” and to never leave the house without sunscreen. Now whilst, I definitley don’t want you to be out in the sun all day in the middle of Summer, I do however believe there has been a lot of scare tactics about the anti-sun campaign. I really think the sun has been given a bad rap. The sun is amazing and the fact that we can make Vitamin D from the sun is incredible. Vitamin D isn’t really a vitamin it is actually more like a hormone and is utilised in every cell of our body.
My approach to sun exposure is more about being smart about sun exposure, if I am going to the beach in the middle of Summer, I try to cover up with hat and shirt, and yes I will use a zinc oxide based sunscreen, yes it is thick but it is a physical barrier sunscreen, rather than a chemical based sunscreen. I will talk more about this another day.
Otherwise, I just try to cover up and I try get a little sun exposure everyday, I personally do not feel the need to wear sunscreen everyday as the time when I am usually out and about is early before the sun can burn. If it’s the morning and I am out walking I love walking in a singlet and shorts, I do not personally feel it is necessary to cover up then. But again, this is a personal choice.
Did you know that Vitamin D very important for strong bones? Calcium and phosphorus are essential for developing the structure and strength of your bones, and you need vitamin D to absorb these minerals. Even if you eat foods that contain a lot of calcium and phosphorus, without enough vitamin D, you can’t absorb them into your body. Vitamin D is important for general good health, and researchers now are discovering that vitamin D may be important for many other reasons outside of good bone health. Some of the functions of the body that vitamin D helps with include:
But here’s the point of this point of this post, we all live very busy lives and our sun is crazy strong in Summer, so how much sun do we actually need? That is when the D-Minder App comes in. This app is a game changer where you input your details and all that info is gathered to tell you what time of the day the sun will give you the most vitamin D exposure and how long you need to stay outside for.
This is what the D-Minder App has to say:
Studies show that the risks of Vitamin D deficiency include diabetes, heart disease, and depression, while the benefits range from improved cardiovascular health to better immune function. Furthermore, recent studies indicate that optimizing Vitamin D levels can decrease cancer risk by more than half.
Enter dminder, an app for your iPhone/iPad that tracks the Vitamin D you get from the sun. The sun is by far the best source of Vitamin D, and dminder allows you to optimize levels based on your location, body type, and time of day, all while making sure you stay safe by warning you of any risk to your skin getting burned. All of these features are available for FREE.
Wherever you go in the world, dminder tracks the sun and tells you when you can get Vitamin D. The stopwatch interface lets you set your session target by either amount of D to get or time. Then it will count up or down to your target, applying all the factors that determine how much D you can get: skin tone, age, weight, amount of skin exposed. All your doses of D, from the sun or supplements, are used to continuously estimate your current level. Developed with world authority on Vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick.
Watch this intro video to find out more.
I love this app, I find this kind of information really useful, for me, information is king!
You can download from the app store.
Have you heard of this app before?