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How to make a D...Vitamin D!

Jul 23, 2013

Many of us will be traveling this summer. One thing we need to take into consideration is the amount of sunlight we are exposed to during the day. The sun gives off rays which we absorb through our skin. From that absorption our bodies create vitamin D. It is important to get as much vitamin D from non-food sources because vitamin D is fat-soluble. A fat-soluble vitamin is one that is stored in the liver and adipose tissue (fat cells). The fat-soluble vitamins are A D E and K. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphates in your diet.

The sun is one of our best resources for vitamin D synthesis in the body. However excess exposure to sunlight can lead to health problems like sun burn, dry skin and overtime possibly cancer. For proper exposure to the sunlight for a busy summers in the hot sun, we should stay in the sun for no longer than 15 min with no sun protection to get the proper amount of vitamin D from the sun. Make sure to carefully monitor your time spent in the sun. Once you hit the 15 minute mark you should apply proper amount of sunscreen to your exposed skin area. After the initial application of sunscreen it should be further applied when you get out of the water and every hour. Try to find a sunscreen that has the least amount of offensive chemicals like parabens.

It is important to be exposed to sun light for the benefits of vitamin D, but there also needs to be proper precaution taken as well. Just like most everything else in life, everything in moderation.
Not having enough vitamin D in our diets can cause lower calcium absorption and can possibly lead to decreased skeletal health and bone issues such as osteoporosis.

If the sun bothers you too much or are too busy to get out in the sun vitamin D can be found in fish and eggs.


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