Fight Depression by Absorbing Some Sunlight

Vitamin D helps fight depression yet most Americans don’t get enough Vitamin D.  Just how much is enough?  Certain experts make a strong case that the US government’s recommended daily allowance (200 to 400 IUs depending on age) is way too low.

Vitamin D from Mr. Sun

The most beneficial way to get your Vitamin D is from sunlight, which is trickier than it sounds.

  • Only exposed skin minus sunblock can absorb Vitamin D
  • The darker your skin and the more clothes you’re wearing, the longer it takes to absorb Vitamin D
  • During winter, it is impossible for Northerners to get enough Vitamin D from the sun

Vitamin D’s Other Health Benefits

According to research cited in Deborah Kotz’s article for USNews.com,Time in the Sun: How Much Is Needed for Vitamin D? adequate Vitamin D prevents:

  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overactive immune system
  • Various cancers (including skin cancer)

More Info on Vitamin D

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