Tuesday, December 21, 2010
For years we've been told to avoid sunlight. We slather suntan lotion on our bodies, and hide from those glorious rays of sunlight in fear of developing skin cancer. Because of this, Vitamin D deficiency is a leading epidemic worldwide. Vitamin D is found in nearly every cell of the body and is responsible for interacting with over 2000 genes. It strengthens muscles, is an anti-inflammatory, improves immune functioning, balances insulin, builds bone and fights cancer. The best way to get our daily Vitamin D intake is to spend at least 20 minutes in direct sunlight, without any sunscreen. We have been brainwashed to believe that time in the sun is bad, that it creates cancer and causes other issues, but there is really no proof of that. While standing out there until you turn into a lobster is probably not the best idea, we need Vitamin D to function, so soaking up a little sun is really to our benefit. A Vitamin D deficiency can lead to many diseases such as several forms of cancer, osteoporosis, heart conditions, MS, obesity, Alzheimer's, depression and infertility. In the winter time, many people do not spend nearly enough time in the sun. In this case, it's a good idea to take a daily Vitamin D supplement to get your recommended levels. You can find these easily in any Whole Foods or local health food store. Vitamin D is important to your health, so get some sun, take a supplement, and you will notice a difference.