“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.
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