Vitamin D

During the summer, the sun shines longer periods and allows us plenty of opportunity to get all the vitamin D we need. But how much time in the sun is okay for our skin? Does vitamin D have to come directly from the sun? Can you overdose on vitamin D? These are all questions that we are here to help you answer. Learn all about vitamin D below!

How Much Vitamin D is Enough?
It is no secret that sun exposure triggers the production of vitamin D3 in our skin. However, geography and skin pigmentation play a significant role in a person’s ability to produce vitamin D. If you can consistently get 15 to 30 minutes of sun exposure over 40 percent of your body two to three times each week (minding the above considerations), you are probably producing adequate levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D: The Little Powerhouse
From its discovery in the early twentieth century as a cure for rickets, a syndrome characterized by malformed bones, vitamin D was just another vitamin. In 1980 all that changed when Dr. Michael Holick solved the mystery of how this nutrient is produced by our bodies in the skin.Since then, research has expanded our understanding of vitamin D, but the discovery is not yet complete. Hundreds of studies concerning the effects of vitamin D are now released annually.

Healthy Sun Practices
Spending 3 to 15 minutes outdoors for light-skinned individuals and 15 to 30 minutes outdoors for darker skin tones in midday, unobstructed sun with 40 percent of your skin exposed will provide most people with a protective vitamin D level (up to 50,000 IU of Vitamin D in the next 24 hours). The Reference Daily Intake (RDI) however, is only 200 to 600 IU of vitamin D per day.

– Natural Solutions

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