Safe exposure to Vitamin D
The Sunshine Vitamin
While you’re catching some rays this summer, think about vitamin D. Sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight.
Vitamin D has many important functions. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitating normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of the vitamin is also essential for heart health, cell formation, anti-aging, skin health, sleep, reproductive health, eye health, respiratory health, healthy mood, weight management and digestive health. Soaring rates of Vitamin D deficiency in both New Zealand and Australia over the past decades have resulted in a wide range of diseases.
Getting a sufficient amount of the vitamin is also essential for heart health, cell formation, anti-aging, skin health, sleep, reproductive health, eye health, respiratory health, healthy mood, weight management and digestive health.
Your body produces vitamin D naturally through direct exposure to sunlight (not through windows or clothing which cut out the suns wavelengths). Midday sun is the best to maximise UVB rays, and minimise the more harmful UVA rays. A little can go a long way: just 10-15 minutes a day of midday sun exposure on bare skin is plenty, especially if you’re fair-skinned. Start slowly at the beginning of the season to allow your body’s melanocyte cells to rev up the ability to product protective pigmentation that not only gives you a tan, but also serves to help protect you against overexposure to the sun.
Safe sun exposure is essential for optimal health, but incorrect exposure can raise your risk of skin cancer while not providing any health benefits. Sunburn should be avoided at all cost.
Trained at South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in 2000, Vanessa brings over 15 years natural health care experience to our store. She was appointed manager in 2012 and is the co-founder of Advanced Naturopathics, a Christchurch naturopathic clinic.
A former teacher, Vanessa is a registered Naturopath, Medical herbalist and a Bioresonance practitioner.
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