Vitamin D seems to be the new go-to vitamin, helping anything from depression, skin conditions and low back pain to significantly reducing your cancer risk. But is it worth it to get it the “natural” way?
Our bodies produce vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. With all the fears of skin cancer about, and recent studies saying we are not able to produce vitamin D through sunblock, how can we get this glorious nutrient? Well, the average time it takes to get adequate amounts of vitamin D is about 20 minutes per day. Scientists and physicians are agreeing that the sun’s benefits greatly outweigh the risks. So, are we increasing our risk of skin cancer by getting 20 minutes of unfiltered sun per day? Well, that depends on your other risk factors:
Have you had bad sunburns in your youth?
Are you fair-skinned?
Has anyone in your family, or have you ever had skin cancer?