If I stay out of the sun, how do I get enough vitamin D
Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones and muscles, especially in children and the elderly. Your skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
The amount of sun exposure needed to produce enough vitamin D depends on:
- skin colour
- where you live
- how strong the sun is
For most people, just a few minutes out in the sun – the short, casual exposure you get while going about daily life – will be enough.
Getting vitamin D from your diet (many foods are fortified with vitamin D) or by taking vitamin supplements is safer than UV-ray exposure. Learn more about vitamin D in your diet and supplements.