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Sun Exposure

Sun Exposure

Sun Exposure

Are You Getting Enough Sun Exposure?

One of the primary benefits of being outside and connecting with nature is Sun Exposure. Our bodies depend on sunlight to manufacture Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a hormone that regulates cell growth and prevents a host of illnesses.

The shift to sedentary lifestyles and skin cancer scares has left many of us inside dwellers, covering up, and dousing ourselves in sunscreen from finger to toe.

There is no scientific evidence that links regular moderate Sun Exposure to any form of skin cancer. In fact, the lack of sun exposure has been linked to colon and breast cancer worldwide, along with depression, fibromyalgia, muscle, and joint pain.

Obtaining optimal Sun Exposure involves numerous variables such as skin pigment, time of day and year, latitude, and the earth’s surface. On average you can and should strive for 10-20 minutes of direct sunlight each day during the peak months in your area.

During non-peak months you should supplement with a Vitamin D3/K2 to ensure you are getting enough upon your doctor’s approval. My favorite is Live Wise! Read more about it here

The darker your skin, the more time you need to spend in the sun because of the high melanin pigment you possess – which acts as a natural protectant from UVA light. While individuals with extremely fair to medium skin can synthesize Vitamin D much quicker than individuals with darker skin – but will burn easily.

If you plan on being outside more than 10-20 minutes per day use a mineral-based sunscreen like ThinkBaby (for the kids) or ThinkSport!! Layer up with UVA protected clothes and cover your most exposed and sensitive areas (hands and face) with sunscreen.

The Take-Away

Strive for 10-20 minutes of direct sunlight each day to obtain optimal Vitamin D storage in the peak months and supplement when necessary.

-Angela

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