Everyone knows that sun exposure is the only natural source of the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D. The sun can singlehandedly provide us with our necessary daily intake, but have you ever wondered why D is so important for us, or how to get your intake?
Benefits of Vitamin D:
- helps us absorb calcium and prevents osteoporosis
- fights depression
- balances the immune system
- lowers risk for certain types of cancer and diabetes
- prevention of MS
Experts report that being deficient in Vitamin D can pose serious health concerns. The good news is that receiving just the right amount of D is attainable.
How much sun time is required?
Very little time in the sun is all we need to get our daily dose of D. Just 10-15 minutes of sunlight on arms and legs is the recommended amount of time to produce Vitamin D in the body. UVB intensity and other factors like skin color and regional location will dictate your specific and appropriate length of time to spend in sunlight.
Limited non-burning sun exposure is reportedly safe. However, repeated unprotected intense and cumulative incidental UV exposure causes damage at the cellular level, leading to skin cancer, photo aging, eye damage and immune system suppression.
As with all good things, sun moderation is key. Â One of our mantras at Soleil OrganiqueÂ® is to â€˜love the sun safely and naturallyâ€™. How can you do that?
- Limit Exposure â€“ The sun is at its strongest between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Â Aim to get your 15 minutes of D before 10AM.
- Cover up â€“ During peak sun, shield exposed skin with clothing that is not transparent. Look for clothing that has a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). Â UPF in apparel rates the fabric’s effectiveness to guard against UVA and UVB rays.
- Sunglasses â€“ There are various eye problems that are associated with overexposure to the sun. Select shades that offer 100% UV protection and HEV (high-energy visible) protection.Â A wraparound style is most beneficial.
- Hat â€“ Keep heat at bay and damaging UV rays off of your scalp, ears and face with a broad brimmed hat.
- Naturally based sunscreen Â â€“ Â Sun damage most often occurs out of incidental exposures or those times during our daily Â activities. Keep the habit of applying a non-toxic, naturally based, broad spectrum sunscreen for full protection during both peak UV exposure and for normal daily wear.
- Reapply - The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a reapplication of sunscreen every 2 hours.Â Sunscreen reapplication may be required more often especially when sweating, swimming and towel drying are in play.
Vitamin D…Â it definitely does a body good. Itâ€™s officially on the list of reasons we love the sun.