16 Jun VITAMIN D
Are you afraid of getting too much sunlight? Afraid of getting skin cancer?
We need the light to survive and there’s a very deliberate chemical process that occurs in the body morning, noon and night to regulate your hormones. Specific hormones such as Melatonin and Cortisol.
You don’t need to be afraid of the sun, but it does comes down to knowing how to use the Light!
Vitamin D helps regulate hormones, decreases anxiety & depression, it builds healthy bones, decreases your changes of heart disease, improves your immune system, increases weight loss and SO much more!
Your body creates Vitamin D internally which is why it’s difficult to supplement or obtain Vitamin D from food sources.
UVB light waves and Cholesterol are the two main elements that are needed to create good Vitamin D levels in the body.
But, you can’t make Vitamin D just any time you step out into the sunshine. You need to be outside at the right time of the day, when the UV index and the angle of the earth are just right.
Stepping into a very high UV rating can cause the skin to burn, you can damage your DNA and when DNA is damaged by UV it can lead to cancer cells due to poorly regulated DNA synthesis.
So what do you need to do?
You need to use the sun at the correct UV Index. I use the app DMinder as it calculates the UV Index levels and the time of the day in my location when I can SAFELY use the sun to make Vitamin D. It also tells me when it’s time to cover up and get out of the heat.
Winter does pose two issues – one, the UV Index can be too low to create Vitamin D which is when you need to invest in a good quality supplement AND you may need to stay in the sun for longer periods of time due the correct UV Index level to get what you need – also a little difficult when you’re working in an office! So speak to your GP about supplements.
Remember in Summer, the earth’s angle and UV Index change, so you need to be mindful of burning. Purchase a Zinc Oxide Sunscreen!
Don’t be afraid of the light – it’s good for you!