Vitamin D is a very important vitamin that is often overlooked. Our bodies produce the vitamin when we expose ourselves to the sun. But, these days, many consider sunlight to be dangerous. Even the media often portrays sunlight as harmful and one of the reasons for the occurrence of skin cancers and other conditions. So many college students and people in general, avoid going into the sun or cover themselves with expensive sun blocks to shield their skins from the light. As a result, many students are deficient in vitamin D.
Why is vitamin D so important to the body?
Several studies have already established a link between the vitamin and reduced risk of cancer, hormone balance and stronger bones. Recently, new studies are concluding that vitamin D can possibly slow aging. This is exciting because many college going students start using expensive anti-aging creams at such young age to prevent aging. Many of these commercial creams can contain harmful chemicals and toxins that can damage the skin and cause sensitivity and irritations etc. Instead of using expensive creams and wasting money, you can simply spend a few minutes in the sunlight and get the benefit of looking young, healthy and gorgeous with the help of vitamin D.
Also, many idiopathic health conditions like allergies can be due to low levels of vitamin D. In winter, because the sunlight is week, you can’t produce enough of the vitamin and can often catch colds because of reduced immunity. Hence, having healthy levels of the D vitamin is very important for over all health well being.
What is the best way to get vitamin D into the body?
Many health professionals say that about 20-40minutes in the moderately strong sunlight is usually the best way to produce your own vitamin D safely and naturally. In college, I met many peers who liked to look tanned. My roommate used to go tanning almost every other day to tan to look good for weekend parties etc. But, I hardly ever saw her spend time in the sun or not apply a heavy sunscreen. Many studies establish a link between tanning beds and the risk of skin cancer. Apparently, the UV light from the tanning beds is a lot stronger than the strongest sunrays. So, if you like looking tanned, you should consider going into the sun and enjoy the sunrays rather than going to an expensive tanning salon.
Many milk and food items that are fortified with vitamin D are available in the grocery stores nowadays. But, many of these foods contain only miniscule amounts of the vitamin and often it is artificially. Hence, the little amounts of artificial vitamin D will do nothing to improve your vitamin levels.
If you don’t have time to spend in the sun because of classes or you don’t like going into the sun, you should definitely consider taking organic vitamin D3 supplements. It is a little tricky to get good supplements because there are many companies that use clever marketing techniques to sell low quality supplements that can harm your health. If you don’t want to deal with researching and finding good supplements, you should definitely consider going out and exercising or just spending some time in the sun to raise your vitamin D levels naturally.
Body is a well organized system that requires essential vitamins like vitamin D to function fully and properly. Hence, consider taking time out of your busy schedule and relax in the sun for time to reduce your stress levels and increase your vitamin D levels.