How many times have you heard someone say, “you should get your Vitamin D from the sun?” I hear it all the time! After all, isn’t Vitamin D called “The Sunshine Vitamin?”
We know that Vitamin D is important to our overall health. It not only helps us to maintain strong bones by helping us absorb calcium in our intestines, but it actually acts as an important part of the immune system. This is why a low level of vitamin D is associated with many health conditions, from an increased risk of fractures, cardiovascular disease, and deadly cancers to cognitive decline and autoimmune issues like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes. There are even some studies suggesting, but not proving, that higher levels of vitamin D might be protective against melanoma. Healthy levels of vitamin D support a healthy digestive system and mood stability. Yes, that means less depression and greater well-being.
But here’s the challenge: in a world where we cover our skin with sunscreen, thereby blocking out the UVB light that’s necessary for our skin to make vitamin D, are we missing out? Are we trading in one problem for another?
Check out my video on Vitamin D for answers to your questions about the Sunshine Vitamin!