It is about this time of year that I am certain my crabby-side will overrule my sweeter disposition because there is simply not enough sunshine in my life. I know, I know – we have been warned about the dangers of too much sun exposure over and over again – and honestly – I get it. I’m currently bearing witness to the tiny road maps the sun has carved in my skin.
The fact that you get Vitamin D from the sun is likely not news to you. But did you know that your body can only store Vitamin D for up to 60 days? This means that you need regular exposure in order to maintain the goodness it provides.
What are the benefits of Vitamin D?
- It is necessary for strong bones and teeth because it helps with to absorb calcium into your system.
- Recent studies suggest it can help to fight heart disease and lower high cholesterol.
- It can help to prevent certain cancers like lung and prostate.
Vitamin D is absorbed into your system through any area that is exposed to the sun. Your best bet is to (wear sunscreen) and limit your exposure to small periods of time. Moderation, moderation, moderation.
Sunshine and seratonin go hand in hand. Seratonin encourages a good, positive mental outlook and can combat Season Affective Disorder. Sunshine stimulates the production of seratonin in our system.
So you see: Sunshine + seratonin production + Vitamin D= a happier, healthier you.