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Sunning sensibly has numerous health benefits for the body

Posted February 19, 2014

In spite of years of bad press about the harmful effects of the sun, with its powerful ultraviolet rays, such as UVAs and UVBs, researchers are now pointing to its many benefits instead. For both mental and physical benefits, exposure to the sun is necessary for good health. Even the benefits offered by substitutes, such as vitamin D supplements, are not as well processed by the body as natural exposure to the sun.

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Foods rich in vitamin D when the sun is scarce

Posted December 19, 2013

If you live where the winter gray skies and cold conditions makes daily exposure to sunshine difficult, eating vitamin D rich and vitamin D fortified foods is essential for good health.

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The Surprising Way to Reduce Heart Attack Risk and Early Death

Posted October 28, 2013

While overexposure to the sun increases the risk of skin cancer, it may have some surprising health benefits. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen suggest it can reduce the risk of heart attacks and early death, lending more credence to the widely accepted belief that sunlight exposure—and the resulting vitamin D production—greatly benefits heart and bone health.

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Sunlight’s feel-good effect combines infrared heat, light therapy

Posted October 18, 2013

Most of us have heard of the affliction known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which overcomes many in the northern hemisphere during the winter months. What we don’t totally grasp or even think about is the question behind why the sun has such a powerful effect on our mood and overall emotional well being.

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There’s a very simple solution to your lack of vitamin D

Posted July 7, 2013

Despite living in a famously sunny country, we’ve been getting reports of widespread vitamin D deficiency for some time now. The solution to this problem is simply the judicious use of a plentiful, if somewhat maligned, natural resource.

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Genetically Susceptible to Breast Cancer? Vitamin D Just Might Save Your Life

Posted July 7, 2013

While age, lifestyle, diet and physical activity all play a significant role in development of breast cancer, an estimated fifteen percent of women fall victim to the disease due to genetic susceptibility. Current treatment options remain limited, but extensive research clearly demonstrates that natural compounds—including vitamin D—may play an effective role in the prevention and even treatment of breast cancer.

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Quality of Sleep Has a Connection With Exposure to Sunlight In the Workplace

Posted June 26, 2013

Is there a connection between sunlight exposure in your office and quality of sleep at night? A study shows that the natural lighting in your workplace, whether it is sunlight streaming in or darkness in the cubicle could affect sleep.

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Sun Exposure: Vitamin D And Other Health Benefits Of Sunlight

Posted June 6, 2013

The debate on whether the sun is a friend or a foe is ongoing, with more and more people afraid of sun exposure given its ties to skin cancer and premature aging. But don’t completely shun the sun, as sun exposure has numerous health benefits that go beyond just vitamin D.

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Year-round sunscreen use significantly slows aging of skin

Posted June 5, 2013

Protecting your skin from sunburn isn’t the only reason to slather on sunscreen. New research shows using sunscreen regularly also slows the aging of your skin, significantly so.

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What Sunscreen to Use

Posted April 9, 2013

Sunny weather is here again and with it comes concerns about sun exposure and sunburn. The sun is beneficial for its ability to induce vitamin D production in our bodies. For those people who take cod liver oil in the winter for its vitamin D value, it may be prudent to switch during the sunny summer months to fish oil or krill oil as an omega 3 supplement, which do not contain vitamin D. It may be possible to build up too high a level of vitamin D in the bloodstream.

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