This means exposure to sunlight can be a double-edged sword. Adapting the results of current research to your lifestyle can offer balanced sun exposure that promotes the benefits and minimises the risk of skin cancer.
Top 10 ways to make the sun and vitamin D work for you
- Short periods of sun exposure are optimal (15-30 minutes at a time).
- Sun exposure is safest when the UV index is less than 3 (early mornings and late afternoons).
- Adequate levels are produced with 2-3 hours of sun exposure per week.
- Dark skinned people need slightly more sun exposure to synthesise vitamin D.
- Prolonged sun exposure does not increase vitamin D levels, however it certainly increases the risk of skin cancer.
- Sun exposure without sunscreen - particularly when the UV index is 3 or above - is not recommended as the risk of skin damage is high.
- Tanning beds are NOT a healthy alternative.
- The use of sunscreen does not cause vitamin D deficiency.
- Diet alone cannot provide or produce sufficient vitamin D.
- Oral supplements are required to treat vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D – Benefits and claims
Vitamin D regulates calcium levels in the body, which in turn maintain strength and the health of bones, muscles, teeth and skin.
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