Life has changed drastically in the past 20 years. People are spending less time outdoors as opposed to spending insane hours sitting indoors in front of the computer or TV. Today, many of us work indoors and use our cars to get from place to place, instead of walking. In addition to that, many people use sunscreen whenever they spend any time out in the sun. You might think there is nothing wrong with that but we were not made for sedentary life in the shade and our bodies are not prepared for living without Vitamin D, which is the only vitamin we can get even without food.
Finding enough time, in our hectic everyday, for deliberate slowing down, connecting with nature and exposing our skin to sunlight will not only work well on our mind and creativity but will also supply our organisms with vital Vitamin D.
As Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of “Real Cause, Real Cures” claims, â€œHistorically people spent most of the day outside, werenâ€™t dipped in sunscreen and didnâ€™t have sunglasses on. They got plenty of sunshine. That was the normal way to get Vitamin D.â€
Studies show that Vitamin D goes beyond its well-known role in bone health and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and more. Despite the fact that we can get Vitamin D from sun exposure and from food, more than 60% of people are deficient.
How to get Vitamin D
The sun is the best source of vitamin D, it acts as a pro-hormone, which converts into vitamin D3 in your body. Vitamin D in your skin is generated by UV light, which is divided into three bands – UVA, UVB and UVC. UVB produces Vtamin D but it aslo is the main cause of sunburn caused by overexposure to sunlight.
A common misconception is that occasional exposure of your face and hands to sunlight is sufficient for vitamin D production. Actually, this exposure can provide only an insufficient amount of Vitamin D during the summer months.
Did you know that your body can produce a limited amount of vitamin D every day. A fair-skinned person might need to exposed as much of their body for no more than 20 minutes of sunlight a day, while dark-skinned people may need several times the amount for the same benefits. After that, you are only increasing your chances of getting sunburn, and sunburn has been clearly related to an increased risk of skin cancer.
People who live in northern latitudes might develop chronic Vitamin D deficiency unless they enjoy a diet including fatty fish or fish liver oils. It is a long-standing tradition in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland) to take a capsule or teaspoon of fish oil a day during the winter months which has proven beneficial to controlling release of insulin, controlling depression, developing stronger immune system, maintaining heart muscle function and regulating blood pressure.
The dangers of skin cancer from sun exposure
Chronic, excessive exposure to sunlight increases the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. But there is very little evidence that sensible, moderate sun exposure increases your risk of the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma. In fact, there is good evidence to suggest that it may actually decrease your risk.
Remember that humans are designed to have regular sun exposure. As long as you avoid sunburn, sun exposure will help improve your health.
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