Are you protected from excessive sun exposure? Vitamin D

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It’s getting to be that time of year again, thank goodness, where we’re going to be able to go outside and lay on our towels or chaise lounges to enjoy a bit of time in the sun. I want to make sure that you’re protected from excessive sun exposure. I also would like to give you all the information you’ll need to maximize your vitamin D conversion while you’re in the sun.

 

I’m Dr. Mary Clifton. I’m the founder of Dr. Mary’s Reset Revolution. If you have questions about vitamin D, I’m here to answer them. Ready for a great tip to protect yourself from the aging rays of the sun?

Your best dietary or lifestyle source of vitamin D is from converting the cholesterol in your skin. When the sun shines on your skin, it naturally converts the cholesterol that is present in your skin into a highly active and effective source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is super good at protecting your bones and keeping your bones strong by helping the calcium absorption. It’s also amazing and protective in other areas of your body such as in cancer protection and heart disease protection.

We don’t really know if it’s the vitamin D or if it’s the lifestyle that leads to a high level of vitamin D. If somebody is exercising outdoors a lot, their vitamin D levels can sometimes be much higher that this is probably contributing to some confusion in the vitamin D studies. It does appear that you need to supplement or assure an appropriate level of vitamin D. There is a benefit to getting your vitamin D levels measured.

On a good, sunny day, if you spend ten minutes outside dressed in a tube top and a pair of shorts, you’ll have converted enough vitamin D for a week. But what about the rest of the year? If you’re like me, it’s hard to remember to take your pills. I keep a 10,000 IU vitamin D pill in the cupboard, and when I have a low sun week and been working many hours indoors, I take one of those pills to make sure to protect my bones; my entire system.

 

I want you to do the same. Get out there, get some sun on your skin, but protect yourself. After 20-30 minutes, it’s wise to get a little bit of sunscreen on your skin. Don’t spend even a single minute of your fantastic chest and your face getting that sun exposure, because that is a straight line to early aging, more wrinkles, lots of little marks on your skin.

 

My best advice to you is to spend 20-30 minutes in direct sun exposure for the rest of your body, no exposure for the chest and face, and live-it up with a little vitamin D tablet in the winter when your dreaming about Tahiti.

Talk again, soon.

Dr. Mary Clifton

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Posted on by Mary Clifton, MD

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