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Sun Exposure: The Best Weapon to Fight Vitamin D Deficiency

Dr Mercola | DrMercola.com

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Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in the US. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 50 percent of American kids ages one to five years old and 70 percent of children from six to 11 years old have insufficient vitamin D levels in their body.

Vitamin D is not your typical vitamin. Dubbed as the sunshine vitamin, it’s actually a steroid hormone that’s best obtained through safe sun exposure, not through fortified foods like milk. This explains the mounting research suggesting higher levels of vitamin D deficiency in individuals of all ages who constantly wear sun protection or limit their outdoor activities.

Natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola is a strong advocate of sun exposure as the best source of natural vitamin D. He believes that the recommended amount of time needed for each person to stay under the sun varies depending on different factors, including:

Use of sunscreen
Cloud over and pollution
Surface reflection
Time of the day
Ozone layer
Skin color or current tan level A
Antioxidant levels
General diet
Your skin is an excellent indicator for this. If your skin turns the lightest shade of pink, this means that you’ve already had enough sun exposure. Make sure that you reach for cover or go indoors as soon as possible, as staying under the sun after this point will no longer give you further benefits and will only put you at risk for sunburn.

If you’re tied to a nine-to-five office job, which makes it impossible for you to get some sunshine during the day, or if you’re living in areas where the sun rarely makes an appearance, Dr. Mercola suggests using a safe tanning bed with beneficial UV lights. Go to a local tanning salon near your area that uses only high-quality tanning beds, or better yet, get your own home tanning bed as an investment.

Remember: a loud buzzing noise in a tanning bed indicates that it has READ MORE: http://www.drmercola.com/vitamin-d/sun-exposure-the-best-weapon-to-fight-vitamin-d-deficiency/

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