There’s a reason why vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin.” Our amazing bodies must know that it’s important for our health, because they produce it in response to sun exposure, specifically UVB rays.
Below are some of the reasons why vitamin D is so important and how to be sure you’re getting enough.
But if you’re like most people (including me), you may find it difficult to get enough vitamin D. In fact, one study reports a worldwide epidemic in vitamin D deficiency, even in areas with plenty of sunshine. And for those who are older or who have darker skin pigmentation, getting enough vitamin D can be especially challenging.
While study is ongoing, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, weight gain, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma severity, rickets and even swine flu.
OK, so knowing how important it is to get vitamin D—and that most people don’t get enough—what can you do to help ensure an adequate daily supply of vitamin D? Here are a few suggestions:
Between 50% and 90% of vitamin D in our bodies is produced by the skin’s exposure to the sun, with the remainder coming from our diet. According to Dr. Michael Holick, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at the Boston University Medical Campus, summer sun between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. is best. “If your shadow is longer than your body height, you can’t make any vitamin D,” he said.
Sunshine is also good for aiding seasonal effective disorder. I had to ditch the auto-tinting eyeglasses though. The Ray’s in sunlight against the retinas is the key.
I was always under the impression that sunshine helped ones body utilize the Vitamin D that is already in your system. I don’t think that the sun makes Vitamin D in your body. Can we get some clarification on that????