For years now, even fairly conservative physicians have come to agree that a little bit of sun can be a good thing because it helps our bodies synthesize Vitamin D.
Vitamin D may help protect us from autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. It may even fight against cancers, including, ironically skin cancer.
In fact, a very low level of Vitamin D is a strong risk factor for melanoma.
But the ideal amount of exposure remains controversial. Researchers at Stanford University feel that your body could convert enough Vitamin D from sunlight, even if you wear SPF30.
That’s because the The Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggests the average person needs only 600 International Units of Vitamin D daily.
More alternative practitioners cite research suggesting that number is more like 2,500 to 5,000 IUs. They recommend exposing large portions of our skin to the sun for several minutes a day. They also feel that getting our Vitamin D from natural sources is far better than getting it via supplements. No surprise there.
However, and wherever you get your Vitamin D, make sure you’re getting enough by talking with your health practitioner.