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Benefits of Sunshine and Vitamin D

Benefits of Sunshine and Vitamin D

In some way or another, every major religion and culture in the world worships the sun. Vitamin D has long been considered for its capability to improve bones, but more recently, it has been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved immune system functioning and enhanced mental health.  Keep reading to better understand what vitamin D and sunshine can do for your body and how to have a responsible relationship with the sun. 

Pro-tip: If you’re prone to sunburns don’t forget to stock up on bath bombs this season, the baking soda and citric acid in bath bombs are ideal for soaking the skin after sun exposure. Check out our article, Bathing in Baking Soda to Soothe Sunburns to learn more

What is Vitamin D? Is it important?

Vitamin D is rare in food products, but well before humans walked the earth, the animal kingdom created a unique way to safely make vitamin D from UV rays. Animals and even fungi have the ability to produce vitamin D through their skin and moderate sun exposure is necessary for humans to get adequate amounts of vitamin D into their system. 

Vitamin D, also referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin, is vital for human health, but it’s not actually a vitamin. Vitamin D is actually a prohormone substance that converts to a hormone. and when absorbed through the skin it will have the biggest impact on this organ. Both eczema and psoriasis can be better managed with adequate levels of vitamin D. Furthermore, vitamin D lessens inflammation, supports the cell growth process, and plays an important role in immune function.

Vitamin D is present in some foods, but sunlight is still the best and cheapest way to get vitamin D. An estimated one billion people globally have low blood levels of vitamin D and increasing sun exposure would have a major impact on the health of these individuals. One study review demonstrated that about forty-two percent of American adults have a vitamin D deficiency. That number soars to nearly eighty-two percent in African American adults and sixty-three percent in Hispanic adults.

Vitamin D has recently gained massive attention for its role in human health, particularly concerning coronavirus. It’s not surprising to know that vitamin D deficiency is one of the most typical nutritional deficiencies worldwide.

What are the health benefits of vitamin D?

Vitamin D has numerous essential functions in the body. Getting enough amounts is crucial for the normal development and growth of bone. Apart from its main function, it also plays a role in the health of other systems to stop the disease. Below are some of the most notable benefits of having enough vitamin D:

How much sunlight do you need every day?

To keep healthy blood levels, you should get at least ten to thirty minutes of midday sunlight a few times per week. Individuals with darker skin may require a little more than this. Remember that your exposure time under the sun must depend on how sensitive your skin is to sunlight. Ensure not to burn. - However, if you do get burned, remember baking soda in bath bombs is the ideal soothing ingredient. 

What foods do contain vitamin D?

Some of the foods rich in vitamin D include:

  • fortified foods
  • egg yolks
  • meat (especially organ meats) and meat products
  • fatty fish (especially mackerel, salmon, and herring)

A few mushrooms are natural sources of vitamin D. Nonetheless, the vitamin D content differs depending on the duration and amount of UV-B exposure during its production or growth.

What happens if you are vitamin D deficient?

Low vitamin D levels can impair your body’s ability to absorb phosphorus and calcium from foods, which should be transported from your bones to supply the rest of the body. Over time, that causes the bones to become less dense and weaker. In kids, it can result in rickets, a condition causing bones to become soft and weak, often impacting their normal growth. In adults, it results in osteomalacia. It can also trigger muscle pain and a raised risk of bone fracture or falls. 

At Spa-Da we urge our community to have a healthy relationship with the sun and talk to your doctors about vitamin D deficiency. For extended sun exposure please don’t forget sunscreen!

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