Sources of Vitamin D: Should I Stay Out of the Sun?

For decades we have been warned to stay out of the sun at all costs. The sun is accused of causing skin cancer, wrinkles and even malignant melanoma. The sun provides us with vitamin D, essential to our body. There is little or no danger if you expose your skin to the sun for a short amount of time. Cover your face with sun block, but expose your arms and legs for 15 minutes 3 to 4 times a week. That is in the summer between 11 AM and 1 PM. You will get all the vitamin D you need and won’t have to worry about sun damage.

Should I Stay Out of the Sun When Taking Vitamin D Supplements?

What if you are getting plenty of vitamin D from supplements? Should you stay of the sun in that situation? The answer is that your body will shut off production of vitamin D from the sun if it finds that you already have sufficient vitamin D. But if you need more, it will use the sun to make more. So don’t avoid a few minutes in the sun just because you are already taking vitamin D by mouth. Your body knows when optimal levels are reached.

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