A Simple Stroll in the Sun

Get some sunshine! Experts say our policy of sun avoidance is creating more harm than good.

Oh the rules to follow… stay out of the sun during the middle of the day, wear sunscreen and don’t overdo the tanning. We all know them, and most of us follow them. But some scientists are now saying it’s time to break these rules.

Instead, we need sun between the hours of 11am and 3pm so that our bodies can absorb vitamin D in our bodies.

Vitamin D is essential for our health because it helps our bodies absorb the calcium needed for strong bones. If we don’t have enough vitamin D, bones can become soft, which could lead to osteoporosis.

We can get all the calcium we need from our diet. Vitamin D, however, is much harder to come by in food. Our bodies can only make enough if our skin is exposed to sunlight.

Scientists say moderate sun exposure between 11am and 3pm should be sought rather than avoided. Just make sure it’s less time than it takes to burn, and this length of time is different for everyone.

Experts agree that the best way to make vitamin D is with short regular exposure… just a little bit every day. For example, a short lunchtime stroll should do the trick (without sunscreen). Also, the most skin you expose, the better.

(sources: Medical Xpress, New York Magazine, Newsmax)

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