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the sun is more than a vitamin

When it comes to health, Nature almost always does it better.

 

We talk about vitamin D a lot. It’s useful for healthy bones, healthy immunity, healthy levels of inflammation, healthy mood. In the past decade it’s gotten a lot of press.

 

But in the same way whole foods are a better source of nutrients than a multivitamin, there are things the sun can do that a supplement cannot. When it comes to health, Nature almost always does it better.

 

A 2016 review published in the journal Dermatoendocrinology offers a lot of science to back this notion. If you’re feeling super geeky, you can read the whole thing for free here.

 

If you’re less geeky, or don’t have the time to spend, here some bullet points.

  • Is sunshine good for you? Yes.
  • Is sunburn bad for you? Yes.
  • Does sunscreen prevent melanoma? Not so much.
  • Does a base tan prevent melanoma? Yes

Also, and importantly, the review shows ways in which sunshine helps health irrespective of Vitamin D levels. In other words, and in at least some cases, the sun is doing the healing, not the vitamin we make from it. For instance, the authors found that:

  • Sunshine (but not Vitamin D) helps prevent obesity
  • Sunshine helps you see better (preventing short sightedness)
  • Sunshine boosts your mood

The bottom line: Get outside.

 

Nature is the first and the best healer. Getting your Vitamin N (Nature) will help your health, with and without Vitamin D.

 

Does that mean you don’t need Vitamin D supplements? The jury is still out on that. We know that lower Vitamin D levels are associated with impaired health on many levels. What we don’t know is whether the low Vitamin D is a cause or an effect. I generally find patients with low Vitamin D levels feel better with supplementation.

 

The first step is to get your Vitamin D levels checked. This is a standard blood test doctors can order along with your cholesterol and similar tests as part of an annual preventive visit.

 

I like to see Vitamin D in the 50-100 ng/mL range. If your levels are low, we’ll talk about why that may be the case, and decide how to proceed.

 

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