Getting Vitamin D from Sunshine

Getting Vitamin D from Sunshine

According to Healthline,  "...it is estimated that 40% of American adults have a vitamin D deficiency".

Sunlight, in the proper method and duration, is a great way to boost your vitamin D level.  When the skin is exposed to sunlight, the UVB rays work with cholesterol in the skin cells to create vitamin D through synthesis.  

Here are some ways to get some sun safely according to Healthline:

  • Try to expose about one-third of your body to sunshine
  • Noonday sunshine is the most efficient time to get the most out of your exposure
  • Try going into the sunshine without sunscreen for the first 10-30 minutes.  Apply sunscreen before your skin burns.   Time without sunscreen depends upon skin sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Try wearing a hat and sunglasses and exposing a different part of your body to sunshine
  • 10-30 minutes of noonday sun several days per week should help boost vitamin D levels
4th May 2020 SarahH

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