I remember the first time I had heard that I may have been misinformed about the dangers of sun exposure. I was in a health food store with a friend looking for vitamin D (this was recommended to her after chemotherapy). The nutritionist told us that one of the best sources of vitamin D was getting into the sunshine. This went against all information I had received over the years of staying out of the sun. I come from a family that is fair skinned and has struggled with skin cancer, so this initially do not set well with me. He went on to say that our body receives D in the purest form from the sun, and as long as we don’t bake we should try to catch a few rays when we can. It is interesting to me that in the following article put out by Dr. Mercola, instead of being warned about the dangers of too much sun, we are being warned about the dangers of not enough exposure to vitamin D because of hiding from the sun. Our body needs it and craves it. Some of us really can’t go out in the sun, but one thing we can do is optimize our vitamin D levels with just the right supplements. Getting a natural (closest to what we can get from the sun) rather than synthetic supplement will make the difference. The natural is D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the same vitamin D your body makes when exposed to sunshine.
Dr. Mercola writes:
When it comes to the benefits of optimizing your vitamin D levels, the evidence is simply overwhelming. Research shows you can drastically reduce your risk of cancer and countless other chronic diseases by getting safe sun exposure, using a safe tanning bed, or taking a high-quality supplements. Yet, a great deal of people around the world have heard nothing of this great “discovery.” It’s even likely that your doctor is among them, which is why it’s so important to educate yourself.
As a result of flawed assumptions about sun exposure, and the subsequent recommendations, a vast majority of people are deficient in vitamin D. It’s thought that over 95 percent of U.S. senior citizens may be deficient, along with 85 percent of the American public.