Sunshine: A Great Source of Vitamin D

In today’s blog we are going to talk about the benefits of spending time in the sun, and how it aids in the production of what is sometimes known as the “sunshine vitamin”: vitamin D. It is called that because it is produced in your skin in response to sunlight, in addition to getting it through certain foods and supplements, such as oily fish, eggs and dairy and fortified foods. As a visitor to the Riviera Maya you will find that we have no shortage of sunlight all year round, so there is a constant source of free vitamin D available to you right outside your doorstep.

Vitamin D has many important functions in the body. It helps the absorption of calcium from the intestines, which is essential for the growth and development of bones and teeth. It also supports the immune system, helping you body to ward off common ailments like the common cold to more serious problems like cardiovascular disease and cancers. Vitamin D also reduces the risk of depression and mental illness by helping put you in a good mood. Scientists have found that people suffering from depression saw an improvement in their symptoms when given vitamin D supplements.

A deficiency of vitamin D can lead to loss of bone density and osteoporosis. It also causes cognitive decline, fatigue, thinning hair and migraine headaches, along with making you more susceptibility to infections.

If you do plan to get your vitamin D from sun exposure it is best to do so in the morning or late afternoon when the sun and temperature are much lower. You should take precautions to avoid getting burnt, so if you know how long it takes for your skin to burn, stay in the sun for about half the time. If it takes 40 minutes for you to burn then you need 20 minutes for optimum vitamin D absorption.

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