Vitamin D –

I think this is a noteworthy article from the New York Times:

“If acquired naturally through skin, the body’s supply of vitamin D has a built-in cutoff. When enough is made, further exposure to sunlight will destroy any excess. Not so when the source is an ingested supplement, which goes directly to the liver.”

Careful with those supplements! Don’t just take a supplement because you think you should. Ask a qualified health professional!

…And here’s why I wait a bit for sunscreen on my kids:

“Given appropriate sun exposure in summer, it is possible to meet the body’s yearlong need for vitamin D. But so many factors influence the rate of vitamin D formation in skin that it is difficult to establish a universal public health recommendation. Asked for a general recommendation, Dr. Holick suggests going outside in summer unprotected by sunscreen (except for the face, which should always be protected) wearing minimal clothing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. two or three times a week for 5 to 10 minutes.”

Two or three times a week for 10 minutes all summer. Everyone can do that! 🙂

Sunshine really will make you happier. I promise!

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