OK, sun worshippers – spring is officially here, and that means there’s a literal light at the end of the dark tunnel of winter.
Days are getting warmer… longer… and BRIGHTER, so it’s time to take the most important step toward getting ready for beach weather.
No, I don’t mean working on a body fit for a Speedo.
I mean working on the ability to TUNE OUT all the snow-for-brains “experts” about to take to the airwaves to WARN of the supposed dangers of sunlight.
Listen to these Chicken Littles, and you’d think the only acceptable beach attire is a protective moonsuit!
So today, I’m going to STOP them before they START that annual ritual – and, with two new studies, cut them off with FACTS instead of FEAR.
One confirms the incredible disease-beating, life-extending benefits you’ll get from the vitamin D your body makes from sunlight… while the other shows how much sun you need to get your fix of the sunshine vitamin.
First up: The not-at-all surprising study that finds that higher your D, the lower your heart risk.
For every 10-point jump in your blood levels of D, your risk of a serious heart problem – including a heart attack – drops by 10 percent, while your risk of death from heart problems drops by 12 percent.
That’s from raising your blood levels by just 10 ng/mL, mind you. Boost them by 20, 30, or more and the benefits will rise by double, triple. or more.
The sky’s the limit!
There are two ways to get the job done.
First, unless you live near the equator (lucky you!), you can — and SHOULD — take a supplement.
But just like you shouldn’t get all your OTHER vitamins from supplements, the same goes for D.
You need to get some naturally, too – so, ignore the underground doomsday cult, get outside, and do some basking.
That’s where the second new study comes in.
Some folks claim it’s impossible to get the D you need without burning to a crisp, but the study puts that myth to bed for good.
If you have Type III skin – the most common type in North America – you can get most of the D you need from just 10 minutes outside each day between April and July. By October, you need half an hour, and by January it takes 2 hours and 10 minutes.
But you don’t have to memorize that, because here’s the important thing: In EVERY case, the study finds it takes longer to burn than to generate D.
So, it’s time to put away the sunscreen and use your common sense. Get outside to top off your vitamin D tank, and get inside before you burn.
That’s all the “sun protection” you need any time of year.