15 May '11, 3pm

To Sun or Not to Sun: Finding a Healthy Balance

To Sun or Not to Sun: Finding a Healthy Balance

The findings have been difficult to discern for decades. In the 1980’s we became aware of the harmful nature of the sun’s rays. We slathered on the high-numbered SPFs from head to toe and blanketed our bodies in hats and umbrellas. And then Vitamin D deficiencies began to surface. Rickets, a side effect of a Vitamin D deficiency, even reemerged along with questions as to whether we were taking the safe sun message too far. A lack of Vitamin D coupled with the dangerous sunscreens used to block the sun , have left many of us wondering where to find a healthy balance. Get Your Vitamin D Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient and the sun is by far the easiest way to get it. Deficiencies are linked to a host of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, breast cancer, colon cancer, and ovarian cancer. But how much sun is enough? According t...

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