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Clouding Health

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals at 8:23 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Sun Breaking ThroughUV radiation will give you skin cancer, and so you stay inside. When you must journey outdoors, you cover your body from head to toe, shielding every patch of skin from the harmful sun. You have become considerably paler and have found the extra layering a bit warm, even in the winter, but you carry on. You will block the evil rays; you will be healthier . . . or not.

The sun, as I’m sure you already know, is the body’s best source of vitamin D. Soaking up some rays stimulates the natural creation of this vital nutrient, enabling us to ward off deficiency, which in turn enables us to ward off a multitude of illnesses. Researchers are continually discovering the growing number of ailments bettered by vitamin D, including, most recently, cardiovascular disease. A study of 1,739 people found that those with low levels of vitamin D had a 60-percent higher risk of suffering from heart failure, a heart attack or stroke, even when other risk factors were taken into account. This could be rectified with just 15 minutes in the sun, a few times a week, yet people are still staying indoors. Why?

As illustrated above: fear. Everyone is afraid of skin cancer. And while that’s a legitimate and worthwhile concern, it shouldn’t be overriding the benefits of the sun and vitamin D, which greatly overpower the risk. For every 300 people who die from skin cancer, 3,000 more do not die from other cancers, because of their sun exposure. Get outside, bare some skin and start producing vitamin D.
Don’t let fear cloud your health. Let vitamin D brighten it.

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