Shun The Sun At Your Peril - Page 2
Nowadays, more of us spend our lives indoors than ever before, and when we do go out, we cover up. And I don't just mean clothing either. If you look at your beauty products - moisturizers and foundations - many of them contain a sunscreen as part of cosmetic anti-ageing regimes.
So vitamin D supplementation may be needed if you live in a northern latitude or during the winter. Women who are fair should pay particular attention to their vitamin D levels all year round. But so too should women of colour, since people with black or brown skin need more sunlight to manufacture vitamin D.
If you can tolerate sun exposure without getting burnt, the sun - rather than food or vitamin supplements - is the best way to absorb Vitamin D. And there is no danger of getting too high a dose. More good news is that, bBecause Vitamin D belongs to the fat soluble group of vitamins, you can store it up - rather than needing to top it up every day because you're excreting any you don't use when you go to the toilet (which is the case with water soluble vitamins).
In addition to sun exposure, another important way that women can prevent osteoporosis is by doing weight-bearing exercise: walking or jogging are ideal. And when you exercise in the open air, you not only get some sun and strengthen your bones, you also lift your mood and help balance your hormones. (Yes, even when you're PMS-ing).
So skip the sunscreen, skip the indoor gym, and get moving in the daylight. Your bones will thank you for it!