Gut Health: What’s Sunshine Got to Do With It

“Do not go outside without sunscreen and a big floppy hat to protect your face!” We have been hearing these instructions for years. Watch out for too much sun exposure. While you certainly don’t want to get burned, maybe we’ve gone a little too far in avoiding the sun. And while I’m on sun exposure, being aware of some of the potentially toxic ingredients in your sunscreen is very important. Many experts believe the toxic chemicals could be a huge factor in the development of skin cancers so read the labels carefully before you go coating yourself or your child in sunscreen.

You may be aware of all the benefits of vitamin D3 for immunity, bone health, insulin control, heart health and cancer prevention, and that most people are found to be profoundly deficient in this critical nutrient.  The biggest reason is our sun avoidance since sunlight is the best source of vitamin D3.

Well add to those benefits another: according to this study, increasing vitamin D3 levels resulted in increased diversity in good gut bacteria, also known as our microbiome. This is huge especially for those who suffer from inflammatory and gut-bowel diseases like IBS, conditions which have increased exponentially.

As the research shows, those with the biggest deficiencies to begin with showed the most improvement. You can increase your vitamin D3 levels through supplementation as well as also safe sun exposure. Most doctors now test vitamin D3 levels routinely so you should be able to find out where you stand. Just for your info levels 40 and above are considered good and optimally it is recommended to get levels to between 40 and 80. Levels of 20 or below are deficient.

For me the takeaway is that maintaining optimal levels of this crucial nutrient (it’s technically not a vitamin but a hormone) improves overall health including your digestive system. Use common sense and wisdom and don’t fear sensible sun exposure.

Do you know your vitamin D3 levels?

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8 Responses to Gut Health: What’s Sunshine Got to Do With It

  1. There is much in life I don’t know Ms. Ann, but I can assure you that I ALWAYS feel better (inside and out) when I’ve spent the day working in the sun. Though fair-skinned, I’ve never been much for sunscreens and lotions, opting instead to try an protect the sensitive areas and not burn too badly. LOL I don’t think there’s a better feeling in the world than when the sun warms your back as you labor outside, surrounded by God’s glorious creation. Have a wonderful and blessed week ma’am. It’s interesting, but your post made me think about it, I do have more “tummy trouble” in the winter months than the summer months. And all this time I thought it was my chili. 🙂

    • amusico says:

      I thoroughly agree J.D. Just seeing the sun makes my whole mood brighten. Being out in the sunshine and fresh air is the best medicine I can think of. What you shared about your tummy trouble is very interesting. It may have a connection! Thanks, as always, for sharing.

  2. Holly Scherer says:

    Not to mention, D3 has been shown to be vital for respiratory health. We supplement year-round and get outside as often as possible. I was not aware, however, about D3 and gut health. One more reason to stay vigilant. Thanks, Ann!

    • amusico says:

      We do too. Even though we supplement year round and spend a lot of time outside, our levels were not where I would’ve hoped. We don’t absorb it as well as you would hope so every little bit helps. Thanks for commenting Holly.

  3. debwilson2 says:

    Ann, sometimes I use plain coconut oil. I read that works, not sure if it does or not. I find it interesting that so much advice is to get us away from nature and have us rely on synthetic remedies for health.

    • amusico says:

      Coconut oil is good for just about anything you can think of! If you are saying you use it instead of sunscreen I don’t know that it will prevent sunburn but it is nourishing to the skin and has so many benefits. They try to move us away from nature because using these natural things won’t make them money!

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