As we get older, you might want to keep a close eye on how long you stay outside. We weren’t meant to be cave dwellers in the house and work in office cubicles from dawn to sunset. Doing so on a daily basis is unnatural and there are health consequences. We need to get outdoors a certain percentage of the day to be healthiest and thrive. But, how much sun do we all need?
I was wondering a few years back why my joints were cracking, my bones ached and muscles felt so painful and weak. Come to find out it was a simple solution. Lack of Mr. Sun. How did I know this wasn’t just a normal part of aging?
‘Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis [1 ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/#en69]’.
I went online and did further research and discovered a few things. I typed in my symptoms in a search engine and out popped lack of sun and vitamin D deficiency. Yet, at the same time, me and my wife didn’t believe in taking vitamin pills to correct it. In my opinion, they bring more problems than they solve, except for B12 when you have decided to give up all animal products.
So, me and my wife began sitting out in the sun in the early afternoon hours. To our surprise, we both started feeling much better. It happened almost immediately. All our symptoms disappeared it seemed within a short couple days of sitting in the sun. Amazing.
I know Vitamin D is a hormone which is created by the skin. I stay out until my skin gets a little red. That is how you know you’ve had enough sun and the hormone is being created
But, as you already know, life is complicated and we tend to forget and slip back. So, from time to time I have to consciously make sure I get into the sun again each day to get my daily dose of it. What is a good dose of the sun? For me, I determined about a half an hour of daily sun. For you, it may be more, possibly even less.
What getting more sun may help treat and prevent…
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- Glucose intolerance
- Multiple sclerosis
- and, other medical conditions
See how you feel getting more sun, but don’t overdo it, as it can cause other problems you don’t want. And, there are too many negatives about tanning booths. Don’t take dangerous unproven short cuts, get the real thing instead. Nothing like feeling the warmth of the sun knowing it is making you well again.
Source- 1 URL ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/#en69
Website Title NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
Article Title Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin D
Date Accessed December 22, 2018
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.