Unless they work outdoors or have outdoor hobbies, most Americans simply don't get enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is found in few food sources, and while milk is fortified, most adults don't drink enough of it to make a difference.
That's why doctors recommend supplementing with Vitamin D - and why natural health enthusiasts recommend getting up and out of the house for a while each day. Sunlight is the only natural source of vitamin D that you'll get in any quantity.
This is important for all of us, and especially important for older folks, as Vitamin D is important for maintaining bone health. Along with many other health benefits, it aids in fighting depression, and most surprising of all - cancer!
While over-exposure to sun can lead to cancerous tumors, lack of exposure can also be dangerous. As with so many things in life, we need to strike a balance.
Experts don't seem to be in agreement over how much sunlight is necessary, but all agree that using sunscreen every time you go out is harmful. You need to let those health-giving rays touch your skin. As it turns out, sunscreen doesn't always block the harmful UV rays, but does always block the beneficial rays.
Some say at least 15 minutes per day - and turn your face to the sun. Others say face and hands are not enough - you need to expose a bit more skin.
Exposure to sunlight and nature will also help your mental attitude - so get outside. If all you can manage is 15 minutes, take it, then look for more opportunities throughout the day.
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You deserve to enjoy summer without guilt or stress - so start taking care of yourself today.