We need some sun exposure to our skin to enable the body to produce enough vitamin D. Try and get outdoors and enjoy some Spring sun. Vitamin D deficiency can become a problem during the colder months so here’s your chance to replenish your stores. Vitamin D is a hormone controlling calcium absorption and bone growth to regulating our immune system and reducing the risk of cancers and heart disease. The best natural source for vitamin D is the sun’s UV radiation.
In Spring/Summer in Australia 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure of the face, arms and hands before 10am or after 3pm, three to four times a week, can give you enough Vitamin D without skin damage. The sun’s UV radiation is also the main cause of skin cancer so don’t overdo it, especially in the hottest part of the day.
It’s important to talk with your medical team about vitamin D and if the sunlight affects your skin and treatment.
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