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Vitamin D-ficient?

Daily Health Tips update for April 11:

Up in the cold, white North, a lack of sunshine during winter months can wreak havoc on our bodies, causing Vitamin D deficiencies that can lead to osteoporosis in older adults and rickets in young children.  So, when the clouds clear and the sun comes out, follow these tips to safely soak up some summer sun.

  • Since about 90% of our Vitamin D is made in the skin, make sure you are exposing your face and arms to the sun for about 20 minutes, three times a week without sunscreen. It sounds crazy, but experts say there’s a huge difference between the amount of exposure you need to make Vitamin D and that which will cause burning and increase your risk of skin disease.
  • Remember, the sun is most powerful between the hours of 11am and 3pm, so once you get your 20 minute fix, cover up and slather on the sunscreen.
  • Pump up your intake with food rich in Vitamin D like meat, fish and eggs.
  • Stock up! Vitamin D can stay in your body for up to several months, but the sun is only strong enough for folks in the northern latitudes to absorb it from the end of March until the end of September.

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