'In recent decades, the mainstream media has spread such fear about skin cancer that most of us religiously lather ourselves in sunblock as soon as we hit the outdoors. While it is certainly true that it is important to take precautions to prevent the skin damage that can result in melanoma, it is equally important to ensure that we get sufficient exposure to the sun to ensure our bodies can produce the hormone vitamin D3.
This hormone is absolutely essential for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, insulin regulation, good cardiovascular health and a strong immune system, among other things. Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with an increased risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and other serious illnesses.
The results of a recent study by the American Osteopathic Association, which found that close to 1 billion of our planet’s inhabitants are deficient in vitamin D, are therefore truly alarming. The researchers found that this deficiency can be attributed to a lack of sun exposure, chronic disease and the use of sunblocks, which decrease vitamin D production by a staggering 99 percent.
The human body only produces vitamin D when skin is exposed to direct sunlight.
Too little sunshine + too much sunblock = serious health problems
Spending too much time indoors, locked into video games and electronic devices, in combination with too little time spent outdoors, is a serious contributor to the problem of low vitamin D levels. In addition, as noted at the outset, during the little time most of us do manage to spend outdoors, exposed skin is usually covered liberally with sunblock.'
Read more: Study: Sunscreen products block the production of vitamin D by 99%
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