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3 Reasons You May Not be Getting Enough Vitamin D this Summer

Vitamin D Through Sun Exposure

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  • Summer is a time when more people are outside―and theoretically exposed to more sun, the ideal way to boost vitamin D― but there are three good reasons why you still many not be getting enough
  • First, you may be relying too much on vitamin-D fortified foods or poor-quality vitamins, which are unlikely to raise your vitamin D to therapeutic levels
  • Second, if you put on sunscreen every time you go outside, you’re blocking your body’s ability to produce vitamin D
  • Third, if you try to sunbathe through a window or a glassed-in patio, the vitamin D-producing UBV rays will not be able to pass through, and you will not receive any vitamin D
  • Vitamin D from sun exposure is the BEST way to optimize your vitamin D levels; exposing a large amount of your skin until it turns the lightest shade of pink, as near to solar noon as possible, is typically necessary to achieve adequate vitamin D production
  • If sun exposure is not an option, a safe tanning bed (with electronic ballasts rather than magnetic ballasts, to avoid unnecessary exposure to EMF fields) can be used, and as last resort, a vitamin D3 supplement can be taken orally

By Dr. Mercola

While mainstream media continues to blast health warnings about the dangers of sun exposure, the news reports have it all wrong―instead of too much sun, it’s likely most people are not getting enough.


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