Summertime is the best time to get the necessary amounts of vitamin D; the Sunshine Vitamin. Did you know that most people in the northern hemisphere are vitamin D deficient? It’s true. Yet, this can be easily remedied, especially in the summertime, by going out into the sun and allowing your largest organ, your skin, to absorb those delicious rays.
Vitamin D helps to boost your mood, immunity and energy. Even though you can get small amounts of vitamin D from your food (and of course there are supplements), the best way is direct sunlight exposure.
Although sunscreen is important, it can interfere with the absorption of vitamin D. 15-20 minutes of unprotected time in the sun is sufficient to give you a good dose of this vitally important vitamin.
What About Sunscreen?
After taking your 15 minutes of vitamin D, be sure to practice safe sun habits and apply sunscreen. Just be sure you’re lathering up with sunscreen that’s free of PABA, OMC, 4MBC, Benzophene-3 or Homosalate, which have been linked to an increased risk of skin cancer. Hats are a great option for added protection.
Now go get your vitamin D.