You’re probably aware that vitamin D is important for your overall health. Unless you believe the scaremongers that would have you hide under a rock, you probably know that spending some time in the sun is the best way to naturally increase your body’s supply of vitamin D.
However, if that’s not enough reason to soak up a little sun every day, read on…
STEP INTO THE LIGHT…
You know something big is happening when mainstream researchers are calling for reassessment of sunlight exposure guidelines and essentially admitting “we were wrong”. Here’s the remarkable new finding from the University of Edinburgh:
WHEN SUNLIGHT HITS YOUR SKIN, IT PROMPTS A RELEASE OF NITRIC OXIDE (NO) INTO BLOOD VESSELS. THE NO GOES RIGHT TO WORK, RELAXING SMOOTH MUSCLE AROUND VESSELS. THIS INCREASES BLOOD FLOW, WHICH REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE.
For millions of people, this means (drum roll, please) …reduced risk of heart disease.
Instead of pushing blood pressure drugs, a low-fat diet, and banning the salt shaker all this time, medical professionals could have been telling us, “Go play outside!” Even taking into account the risk of skin cancer (and ignoring the shaky connection between sun exposure and skin cancer risk just for one minute), researchers still want us to catch some rays!
It’s estimated that for every skin cancer death in Europe, there are as many as 100 deaths due to stroke and heart disease related to high blood pressure. Edinburgh researchers conclude that the risk of skin cancer from sun exposure is minimal compared to heart health benefits to be had from regular sun exposure. While they’re catching up on the value of sunlight, we’ll stick with our longtime recommendation.
About 20 or 30 minutes of full sunlight exposure daily is perfect. No hat, no sunscreen, no sleeves. That’s enough to reap the benefits of vitamin D and nitric oxide (and just get a nice warm happy bask in).