Is a Little Sunshine Good?

sunshineVitamin D is so important that I’m sharing this info again. Most of us don’t get the same amount of sunshine in the winter as we do in the summer and therefore we get less vitamin D.  And many work indoors all year long, so that even in the summer some of us lack sunlight.. Vitamin D is critical to our health.  Dr. Stephen Chaney explains how vitamin D works:

“The very first step in making vitamin D occurs when our skin converts a metabolite of cholesterol to vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol – and that reaction depends on UV (ultaviolet) radiation from the sun.

From there the vitamin D3 travels to our liver where it is converted to 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 (the form of vitamin D that is measured in our blood).  And the 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 travels to our kidney where it is converted to 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 – the active form of vitamin D that is responsible for building strong bones and conferring all of the other health benefits associated with vitamin D.  But the very first step in the process occurs in our skin and is absolutely dependent on exposure to UV radiation.

And when the sun is low in the sky, our UV exposure decreases significantly even if we spend just as much time outdoors and expose just as much skin surface – both of which are unlikely for the cold winter months.”

Vitamin D deficiency is linked to osteoporosis, increased body fat, unexplained muscle pain, impaired lung function, and respiratory infections.  People with high levels of vitamin D have shown less cancer, lower rates of heart disease, gum disease, fractures, and less diabetes.                                                                    vitamin D3

For winter months the recommended amount is 1000IU.  Grab a little sunshine outdoors or if you are not getting enough try Shaklee Vita-D3 #21214, only $7.95 for 90 days. Ask me for a FREE 16 page report in the “Contact Me” tab above and I will email it to you. If you are not a Shaklee member you may join for FREE with any purchase this month of July, 2013!

Just curious–where do you like to get your sunshine?  My favorite place is the beach in Holland, MI.  Or do you like Florida, a walk in the park, your garden, or just chatting with neighbors outdoors?   

2 thoughts on “Is a Little Sunshine Good?

  1. Florida—the Sunshine State—is my favorite place to get stock up on Vitamin D. When I was a child, my family spent two weeks on Indian Rocks Beach every summer, visiting my grandparents and some aunts and uncles who lived down there. Though Chicago’s sunshine is just a faint glimmer of Florida’s, it does serve to remind me of fun and family. And knowing about all that free D is just a bonus! Thanks for the post, Ann!

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