Vitamin D and Sun are two directly related elements in maintaining optimal health. The sedentary and locked life we have, away from the leisure time outdoors and sun exposure, combined with a poor diet in Vitamin D, directly affects the levels of vitamin D in the body, bringing some complications we must raise awareness and prevent.
But let’s start from the beginning to understand the important relationship between Vitamin D and Sun. Vitamin D is an essential element for the proper functioning of the body and is present in all body cells. This vitamin is necessary for the absorption and maintenance of calcium levels in the bones and would enhance the mobility of the muscles, improve mood and fight viruses and bacteria. It also plays an important role in the generation and development of pregnancy in women.
Sunlight is a major source of vitamin D, and its action on the skin stimulates production of vitamin D in the body. Sunlight produces vitamin D in the skin, and this is housed in adipose tissue and muscle, going from there to the rest of the body. But in order to make radiation produce Vitamin D is necessary the exposure to solar ultraviolet rays from sunlight. Experts say that with only 10 minutes of sun exposure between 3 or 4 times a week we can ensure adequate levels of vitamin D in the body.
Another very important source of vitamin D can be found naturally in foods such as oily fish, the fish liver oil, margarine, egg yolk, milk and its derivate products in general. However, it is necessary to supplement this source with sunlight to have and maintain adequate levels of vitamin D in the body.
We must take into account another very important factor when we talk about Vitamin D and Sun: precautions in the sun exposure. The most common recommendations to protect skin from the effects of the sun are to use adequate sunscreen to all skin types and apply it at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, renew it every two hours even if it is waterproof; make a gradual sun exposure, shortly the first few days and gradually increase, avoiding the middle of the day; dry well out of the water, because water droplets act as magnifying glasses of sun; stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water, and protecting your head and eyes with hats, umbrellas, sun glasses, etc.; and finally, in the days of extreme heat avoid a too intense sport or physical activities.
From Valtrum we invite you to enjoy the benefits of Vitamin D and Sun. Good health can be based on simple things like sun exposure and healthy eating. But like everything in life, we must do so with awareness and focus on achieving and maintaining the highest levels of health than we can afford!.