It's often referred to as the 'sunshine vitamin,' and according to a recent study, we're not getting enough of it.
Statistics Canada revealed its findings in from a Canadian Health Measures Survey, which measured people's levels of Vitamin D. The survey showed that ten per cent of Canadians have inadequate concentrations of the vitamin, while four per cent of the population is Vitamin D deficient.
That number is alarming health officials, since it is linked to everything from a reduced cancer risk to boosting the immune system.
'We know that your vitamin D level is significant if you have a heart attack,' Dr. Katie McNally told Weather Network reporter Shelley Steeves. 'We know that it's related to mood disorders and skin conditions. It's related to the risk of cancers if you don't have enough vitamin D.'
Getting enough Vitamin D in the winter can be especially challenging for Canadians due to our distance from the equator.
So, what can we do?
McNally says every Canadian should be taking supplements to boost their vitamin D. Adults should be taking 1000 international units a day as a minimum.
And McNally says we need to take those supplements year round too.
'Sun screen blocks about 99 percent of vitamin D synthesis in your body,' she explains. 'That being said, if we stop using sun screen we are going to see an astronomical increase in the incidents of skin cancer. So people do need to cover up.'
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