The sun and sunlight have gotten a bad rap over the years. It’s true that too much sun exposure which leads to sunburn is dangerous to your skin, especially those with fair skin prone to skin cancer. But, the sun has many benefits which are necessary for good health and well-being, and should not be avoided entirely.
The sunshine vitamin, it’s also called, is a necessary nutrient vital to good health, and the best way to give your body the vitamin D it’s craves is sunlight. Our bodies absorb it through our skin when exposed to the sun. For fair skin, just 10-15 minutes per day of direct skin exposure (uncovered by clothing) is all you need. Darker skin needs more to absorb the necessary amount of vitamin D, and sunscreen limits or blocks the body’s absorption of the nutrient.
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Symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency include:
Calcium deficiency causes bone loss, especially in older women and can lead to Osteoporosis. Most women should take a calcium supplement for their bone health. However, calcium needs vitamin D to help it absorb into our bodies. And, Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin absorbs better taken with a good, healthy fat.
Although the mid-day sun (10 am to 3 pm) is the brightest, and you need less time in the sun to get your vitamin D dose, it’s the morning sun with its combination of UVA and Infra-red light which has the most healthful benefits, especially for mood.
You’ll need to spend a little more time outdoors than mid-day sun, but according to Dr. Jack Kruse, CEO of Optimized Life PLC, “AM sunlight can pretreat your skin to protect it when stronger UVB light becomes present.” And, we know that it’s the UVB rays later in the day that causes sunburn. If you want a scientific explanation plus some interesting facts on artificial light, check out Dr. Kruse’s article here.
The sun is not our enemy. We’re supposed to get direct sunlight. It brightens our mood and protects our bones. Just be smart about it. Get out for at least 15 minutes per day in either the morning, or mid-day sun for the best exposure, and uncover those arms and legs. Darker skin needs more time to absorb the necessary amounts of vitamin D.
If you’re doing sports, beach-time, or any long exposure to the direct sun, then please protect yourself with a good quality sunscreen like organic Coola products.
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