A growing number of experts support the positive health effects of sunlight itself, with the implication that perhaps current sun exposure guidelines may be too rigid or even harmful. When sunlight as a whole is demonized, we at Skinergies believe in photoadaptation and narrow down to incidental sun exposure, that we should worry about.
Vitamin D deficiency affects nearly 85% of people during winter months. Recently, researchers have found mushrooms to be an excellent source of vitamin D2, as they absorb and retain the sunshine vitamin after exposure to the sun. While it won’t dramatically change your mood or contribute to stronger and healthier bones, eating more mushrooms could be a great vitamin D food supplement and just what you need to get you through winter.
Why take vitamin D supplements when there’s plenty of natural vitamin D available through sunlight?
When exposed to the sun and specifically to UVB rays, our skin synthetizes what we call vitamin D, also called the Sunshine Vitamin. Vitamin D that we get from the sun is not the same vitamin D that is presented in oral supplements. Vitamin D coming from the sun is actually a hormone, synthetized through a quite complex process by our liver and then our kidneys, before it becomes available for use in the body. Pretty much every of our organs needs vitamin D to function optimally, and essentially every tissue and cell in the body has vitamin D receptors.
Hopefully this food guide to sun protection reminds you of the creative ways we can protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Whilevitamin D is important for the body and mind, excessive sun exposure can cause skin damage and potentially skin cancer. One way to remain sun smart is by eating generous daily helpings of these delicious foods.