Vitamin D

Monday, February 15, 2010

Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow in February 2nd, but spring is here in my neck of the woods. In fact, I'm sitting barefoot on my lawn, listening to birds, and watching ladybugs while writing this blog post. It's time to get outside and soak up some sunshine!

Why? In addition to squashing the winter blues, sunlight aids in our skin's production of vitamin D. Why should you care about vitamin D? For several reasons!

Vitamin D:

  • Greatly increases your absorption of calcium for strong bones.
  • Boosts the immune system to help ward of everything from the common cold to the swine flu.
  • Reduces your risk of more serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Just 10-15 minutes a day in the sun is great. Keep in mind that sunscreen blocks ultraviolet light which is the key requirement for your skin to produce vitamin D. So apply your sunscreen after the first 10-15 minutes outside if you plan to stay out longer.

See more info about the benefits of vitamin D here and here.

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