Perhaps the most misguided health advice given by many well-meaning health enthusiasts and government agencies in the past 25 years is to avoid direct sunlight exposure. While it is true that excessive sun exposure can increase unfavorable results in one’s health, healthy exposure to sunlight is an integral aspect of maintaining your health. Totally avoiding the sun’s rays may help you avoid the discomfort associated with sunburn but your health will pay a price in other ways.
Vitamin D Deficiency: More Common in Caucasians
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have published recent findings which suggest that Caucasians who get too little sunlight exposure can produce lower-than-normal vitamin D levels.  In this study, almost 6,000 participants were tested for vitamin D status and questioned about their daily access to sunlight. Results of the study clearly indicate that light-skinned individuals who avoid sunshine may be twice as likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency. What’s more, the study estimated that up to 30 or 40 percent of the total U.S. population is vitamin D deficient.
The Benefits of Vitamin D
Many people mistakenly believe that vitamin D is only important for keeping their bones strong. Truth be told, vitamin D actually supports over 100 biological processes in the human body. Just a handful of the health benefits of adequate vitamin D include:
- Normal blood sugar
- Neurological health
- Cognition and mental sharpness
Vitamin D research has been increasing within the past ten years and has become one of the most talked-about nutrient in the scientific community.       In fact, vitamin D has been labeled as the “forgotten” nutrient that has only recently surfaced in the media and various scientific journals.
What You Can Do
Clearly, it’s important that we all spend a little time in the sun. In addition to maintaining a sensible diet, one of the easiest ways to avoid the health risks of vitamin D deficiency (especially during the winter months) is to use a vitamin D3 supplement. This can give your body the vitamin D it needs to function at its best.
Have you experienced vitamin D deficiency? What effects did you notice? How did you remedy it and did your problems go away? Please leave a comment and share your first hand experience with us!
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