Week 5 – Day 5

Beautiful warm, soothing sun

Dr. Mercola, a guest of the Dr Oz show, is one of the earliest champions of the importance of vitamin D, which most doctors now recognize as important to overall health. Dr. Mercola believes that the best way to get vitamin D and other important compounds is through direct sun exposure – about10 minutes a day.

According to News Medical, the sun’s UVB wavelengths also do some good for your skin. These wavelengths kick off the chemical and metabolic chain reaction that produces vitamin D, which may promote bone health. Some people also receive another benefit from letting some sun hit their skin: it helps reverse seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is usually caused by lack of sunlight.

Of course, there needs to be a balance between the risks of having too much and the risks of having too little sunlight. that sunburn should always be avoided. I’ve always been one who was comfortable in the sun, but my youth was spent before the now-known effects of too much exposure to sunlight. I have wrinkles and discoloration to prove this, but I still believe some amount of sun is beneficial to one’s self. As in all things, moderation is the key!

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