Let the Sun Shine: What You Should Know about Vitamin D
Summer is the Time to Increase Your Vitamin D
The first day of summer officially enters our world at 7:09 pm on June 20th. Of course we've already had some very summer-like days already, but the solstice and the first day of summer that it brings with it are messengers for even warmer, sunnier days ahead. And that's a reminder for all of us to get outdoors and experience the benefits of the season, and that includes vitamin D.
Our skin cells can convert Ultraviolet B rays from the sun into vitamin D that can be stored in our body and used later in the fall and winter when our exposure to UVB rays is reduced. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, depression, insomnia, and osteoporosis. Vitamin D is also essential in the uptake of calcium into our bones.
The best natural source of vitamin D is the sun. In the absence of skin cancer, it is recommended you spend 10-15 minutes a day, three times a week in the mid-day sun with no sunscreen on your arms and legs to help generate up to 10,000 IU's of vitamin D. If you plan to stay out longer than this, make sure you apply sunscreen after the initial 15 minutes to prevent over exposure that can turn the benefits of ultraviolet radiation into a potential health hazard.
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