The Importance of Sunshine

Since its summer, I thought it would be a great time to talk about the importance of sunshine.  Yes, there are many great factors about sitting in the sun for an hour, but I am going to to be talking about one big factor: Vitamin D.  Recently it has come out that around 1 BILLION people have a Vitamin D deficiency.  That’s an insane number of people.  So I decided to do some research and find the simplest ways to get a good amount of Vitamin D.

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WHAT IS VITAMIN D?

Vitamin D is found in some types of foods and from exposure to the sun.  It is important to our bodies because it actually helps calcium breakdown and absorb into our bones.

HOW MUCH DO I NEED?
Life Stage Recommended             Amount
Birth to 12 months                          400 IU
Children 1–13 years                        600 IU
Teens 14–18 years                           600 IU
Adults 19–70 years                          600 IU
Adults 71 years and older               800 IU
Pregnant and breastfeeding women 600 IU

WHERE CAN I GET IT?

Salmon, Tuna, Cheese, Mushrooms, Orange Juice, Soy Drinks, & yogurt are some of the places you can find it.

The sun is actually how most people get their source of Vitamin D.  If you are like me and you protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen, you might want to take some time out of the day to get a little extra sun.

My mom stumbled upon this app called Dminder and it actually helps you reach your daily limit of Vitamin D from sun exposure.  You open the app and click start sun exposure. You enter how covered up you are and then start soaking in the rays.

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If you don’t want to sit in the sun because you are worried about increased risk of skin cancer, most professionals recommend taking a daily supplement with either Vitamin D2 or Vitamin D3.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Not having enough Vitamin D in your diet can cause rickets, diabetes, hypertension, and some autoimmune diseases.

If you workout, Vitamin D is very beneficial to your lifestyle.  Vitamin D is important in muscle growth, development and movement.

WHAT NOW?

Go sit in the sun and enjoy soaking in your daily amount of Vitamin D.  Remember that is doesn’t count if you are getting sun through a window, on a cloudy day or in the shade.  Enjoy the sun and soak it in; especially since winter is coming for some of you folks that don’t have sunshine all year round.

For more information please visit the National Institutes of Health.

Health, Wealth, & Happiness,

Ashley Sutton

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