34 Vitamin D

During the spring and summer seasons the sunscreen companies promote their products. In spite of the advertising, there is actually no scientific evidence to show us that sunscreen is necessary or advisable. We have need of sunshine, because exposure to the sun is the way our body makes Vitamin D, which is necessary for our bodies to function.

How much Vitamin D do we need? The recommendation is 200 IU’s for people up to age 50, 400 IU’s to age 70 and 600 IU’s over 70.

How much sunshine is needed to produce that? We just need 10 – 15 minutes a day (some say 20-30 minutes) in the sun to make about 10,000 International Units of Vitamin D. During the spring, summer, and fall, exposure to sunshine on our hands, faces and arms two to three times a week is sufficient in light skinned people. Medium skinned people may require 3 times, and dark skinned people may require 10 times as much exposure as light skinned people under the same sunlight conditions.

The vitamin D made in the sunshine months of the year is stored in your body fat and slowly released during the darker months. Throughout history we have depended on sun exposure for the production of Vitamin D but now most people don’t spend enough time outdoors. Skin cancer has only become an epidemic since our diets have deteriorated.

Those sunscreens absorb rather than reflect UV rays. There is some evidence that the use of sunscreen itself is contributing to the increase in skin cancer. Look at the ingredients list on the labels of almost all sunscreens and you will notice that they are full of chemicals that are known carcinogens.

So, consider leaving the sunscreen in the cabinet and getting out into the sun… relax – have some fun. (Just don’t allow your skin to burn.) If you don’t like to work in the yard, then find something to keep you occupied out there long enough to get your Vitamin D. Read a book, eat a meal outside, take a 15 minute nap, pet the dogs, jump on your rebounder (exercising in the sun is a super idea), use your imagination and enjoy the sun!!


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