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Sunlight — It Does Your Body Good

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  • Sunlight makes vitamin D in your skin; it also makes beta-endorphins, which makes you feel better, and nitric oxide, which can help lower your blood pressure, and a host of other health promoting chemicals
  • If you live north of Atlanta, Georgia, you cannot make vitamin D in your skin from about November through February. Even in southern latitudes, you only make about 10 to 20 percent of your summertime norm
  • Getting a “minimal erythema dose,” meaning your skin turns slightly darker 24 hours after exposure, is equivalent to taking 15,000 to 20,000 units of oral Vitamin D

By Dr. Mercola

Sunlight: we all feel better when we're exposed to it, but do you know why? Dr. Michael F. Holick, a foremost expert on vitamin D with an impressive list of credentials, is just the right person to explain the healing power of sunlight.

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