Which Vitamins Do You Need In The Summer And Why?

It’s always important to eat a healthy balanced diet, but in the summer, the body’s nutritional needs can shift due to increased activity, higher temperatures, and changes in eating habits. With that in mind here’s our Top 5 Vits you might want to pay extra attention to during the summer months:


  1. Vitamin D - often referred to as our ‘sunshine vitamin’, the body manufactures vitamin D in our skin when exposed to sunlight. During the summer, we tend to spend more time outdoors, increasing our potential for vitamin D production. Adequate vitamin D levels are crucial for bone health, immune function, and overall well-being. So, as long as it is safe for you to do so, take advantage of the extra sunshine and expose your skin, without sunscreen (but with caution), for 20 minutes per day. As a fat-soluble vitamin, this will help to keep stores topped up through winter.

  2. Vitamin C - an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from sun damage, vitamin C also aids in collagen synthesis, promoting skin elasticity and preventing premature ageing. It also supports the immune system and can help reduce the risk of infections – helpful during the summer when more people get together to socialise.

  3. B Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 are all important for maintaining energy levels and supporting the nervous system. When we’re active or sweat more during the summer, the body may have an increased demand for B vits.

  4. Vitamin A plays a vital role for healthy vision, skin, and mucous membranes. It also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from sun damage. Foods rich in beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A), such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach, can be especially beneficial during the summer.

  5. Vitamin E is another protective antioxidant, defending our skin from UV rays and oxidative stress. Including vitamin E-rich foods, such as nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils, in your diet can help keep skin healthy during the summer.

Getting vitamins and minerals through a balanced diet is generally the best approach, but supplementing can be a good idea for those with certain dietary preferences such as vitamin B12 for veggie and vegans, or for people with diagnosed deficiencies or health issues. We have a great range of delicious and hydrating ways to keep topped up with these essential key vitamins, but for specific advice always consult a health practitioner.  


Becky Graham

Lead Nutritionist & Communications - Get More Vits

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