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A large percentage of the population would benefit from higher levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an essential role in the prevention of some 20 common cancers, the prevention of bone problems, modulation of neuromuscular and immune function, reduction of inflammation, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. Vitamin D also seems to improve infertility, weight control and memory.

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Getting Vitamin D from Sunshine: A How-To

When you look over the many articles on this site, you’ll notice that we are pretty strong advocates of getting your vitamin D from good old-fashioned sunshine. There are lots of reasons why we take this stance. First of all, sunshine is the way humans have always gotten most of the vitamin D, and still is today (source1). Avoiding the sun has become to common a practice, and sunscreens have a lot of their own problems (source2; source3). We’ve also come to realize that there are huge benefits to sunshine beyond vitamin D (source4; source5). And frankly, we think there are a lot of dermatologists who have take the anti-skin-cancer fight too far (source6; source7).

But here’s a really common-sense no-brainer everyone can understand. We encourage mothers around the world to breast-feed their babies because mother’s milk is the best food ever invented for babies. It has nearly everything a baby needs to not just survive but thrive. Oddly enough, however, there is one thing that is lacking from mother’s milk – vitamin D. How ironic is that given how vitamin D deficient people have become in recent decades. But to us this is just a sure sign that everyone, even infants, are supposed to be getting vitamin D from the surest and readiest supply available to everyone – sunshine! 

Yes, we do still recognize that overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer, but this just means you have to be careful in your sun exposure and make sure to never get sunburns. But how much time in the sun do you really need to get the vitamin D you want? Luckily, there’s a very interesting website that will help you calculate that. Please realize up-front that it is not a slick-looking website – it’s a very basic website put together by a Norwegian scientist, but if you learn how to use it, you’ll be able to find out exactly how much time you need to spend in the sun for your location wherever you are in the world. You will need to know how to get your latitude and longitude location, which you can easily do through Google Earth. The link for the site is found below. Enjoy!

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