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The Sun Isn’t All Bad, In Fact, it’s Imperative to Your Good Health

Happy SunThe 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.

Vitamin D

Soaking up the vitamin DThe 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.


Vitamin D supports

  • Healthy Bones
  • Immune System
  • Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Reduces risk and progression of Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Brain Function
  • Sleep Quality
  • Lower Risk of Depression


Over 50% of the population is vitamin D deficient.

Symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Fatigue
  • Lower immune system (colds and flu)
  • Depression
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Diseases like hypertension and cardiovascular
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis


Calcium and Vitamin D

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.


Take That Morning Run Along the Lake

Lake Champlain Burlington VermontAlthough 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.


Embrace the Sun

Cool SunThe 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.

Coola Skincare ProductsThis month only, all Coola sun care facial products are on sale for 15% at Jivana Green Spa & Salon.

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