Vitamin D, the vitamin produced by our bodies when our skin is exposed to the sun’s UVB rays, is associated with a huge array of health benefits. But living in a country where skin cancer is a prominent danger, how can we ensure we are getting adequate vitamin D without going overboard? Read on to discover exactly how much you need for good health.
Vitamin D plays many valuable roles in the human body. After it is produced when the skin is exposed to UVB rays, it travels throughout various locations and provides a range of health benefits. It enters the digestive system, where it boosts our absorption of calcium and phosphorous. This in turn ensures our bones are strong and healthy, preventing bone deformity and osteoporosis.
Vitamin D is associated with the regulation of our moods, too, assisting our mental health by warding off feelings of depression. Plus, it has been known to help prevent a range of diseases, including heart disease and certain types of cancers.
Although vitamin D does exist in a small number of foods, it’s not in large enough quantities to counteract a lack of sunlight exposure. In order for our bodies to receive adequate healthy doses of this vitamin, we need a certain level of sunlight exposure per week, or a replacement supplement.
Although medical professionals agree that the amount of sunlight we should be exposed to slightly differs depending on where we live and how dark our skin is, the general rule of thumb is a healthy 10-20 minutes a few times a week. It’s worth noting that in order to receive UVB exposure, which in turn allows our body to produce vitamin D, we cannot be wearing sunscreen or be positioned behind glass, which cancels out the UVB rays.
Professionals also agree that if your skin turns pink whilst in the sun, you’ve probably had too much, so carefully tracking your body’s own reaction to sunlight is an important step in determining how much sun exposure you should get each week for optimal health.
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