12 May Daily Sun Exposure Boosts Health!
While the National Institute of Health states that over 40% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, researchers believe the number may be even higher! This number means that there are way too many people missing out on the robust health benefits of vitamin D!
Despite calling it a vitamin, vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone that you get primarily from sun exposure or supplementation. Researchers have noted that increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives in our world each year.
You’ll need to head outside to get the best source of vitamin D3. The best way to soak up vitamin D3 is through our skin, and the best way to do that is to expose ourselves to the sun. Try to get outside between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; it’s the only time we are able to make vitamin D. Share your arms, legs and abdomen with the sun for 10-30 minutes per day depending on your sunburn threshold. Burning the skin doesn’t fit into this health-focused plan for sun exposure. Know your limits and abide by them. Also note, that when you apply sunscreen, you are NOT able to absorb Vitamin D, so enjoy two sunscreen-free 30-minute sunshine breaks per day for optimal Vitamin D exposure.
You CANNOT soak up any vitamin D through your windshield! The only rays that make it through the window are UVA rays which contribute to aging skin and wrinkles. UVB rays will provide you the vitamin D3 you need, so sit out on the patio and enjoy the fresh air for a few minutes every day.
Dietary forms of vitamin D are also available, although not as robust as getting it from the sun. Plant sources provide the body with vitamin D2. The more beneficial vitamin D3 can only be had through animal-based sources such as: fish (salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines), egg yolk and raw milk. Please keep in mind that if you drink pasteurized milk, you’re getting a fortified source of vitamin D. Please check the label to see if it’s been fortified with D3 or D2 and try to select options that have been fortified with D3.
Optimizing levels of vitamin D needs to be at the top of everyone’s priority list. Deficiency is linked to so many common chronic diseases such as: anxiety/depression, cancer, autism, diabetes, cold/flu, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, seizures, migraines, infertility, dementia, crohn’s disease and heart disease just to name a few.
Talk to your physician about getting a baseline blood test for vitamin D. Once the test is complete, your physician will assess your results and provide direction about supplementation. It is important that your physician monitor you during any use of vitamin D3 supplements, so keep up with scheduled visits and blood testing.
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