Ever feel a little down in the dumps when winter arrives? It could have something to do with Vitamin D deficiency. What are symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency? Depression, chronic fatique, weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even stroke.
So how much sunlight is needed for your daily dose of Vitamin D? Just 5-30 minutes on your face, arms, back or legs a few days a week without sun screen is needed. This means you can get all you need by just walking outside to and from your car. The problem with this is the exposure to UVB rays. Ultra Violet B rays are the rays that cause skin reddening and sunburns. They also are the key developers of skin cancer. How can we protect ourselves from UVB rays? Use SPF every single day before you go outside. SPF can be found in sunblocks, moisturizers, foundations, and chapsticks. UVB is most significant in the United States between 10AM-4PM April-October, but is damaging year round especially with the presence of snow and ice which reflect 80% of rays back up, causing the harmful rays to hit your skin twice.
What now? We know we need Vitamin D, but we don’t need the UVB rays in which the vitamin comes from. You can get your daily dose of the vitamin in these foods: catfish, fish oil, cod liver oil, mollusks, salmon, sardines in oil, mackerel, soy milk, margarine, butter, and eggs.
Stay happy and healthy and get your daily dose of Vitamin D by incorporating a few of the aforementioned foods…Skip the UVB rays and steer clear of premature aging, age spots, liver spots, moles, and cancer!
— Katelyn Fry