Our bodies were designed to make vitamin D3 on your skin. The ultraviolet rays of the sun act on cholesterol on our skin to create vitamin D3, also known as the sunshine vitamin. Wait at least an hour after sunning before showering; this lets the benefits of sunny sink into your body and move into the blood stream, rather than washing down the drain. Yet, vitamin D3 is less a vitamin and acts more like a hormone. Almost every cell in the body has vitamin D3 receptors. While we can get enough vitamin D3 from our diet to prevent rickets, higher levels have greater health benefits. 

In the Northern Hemisphere, if you live North of Phoenix, from October through April, the sun's angle results in people not being able to make vitamin D3 from the sun. Just 10 to 15 minutes unfiltered sun between 10 AM and 2 PM is all you need. Build up your stores over the season, because the half-life of D3 is a month. In the winter months, if you live in the Northern climes, vitamin D3 supplementation is readily available. However, during the summer our bodies can make vitamin D3 effectively and it is free!

6 Benefits of Sunshine

1. Get More Restful Sleep

Being out in the sunshine helps our bodies better regulate our circadian rhythms and sleep cycles.

2. Boost Your Metabolism & Fight Obesity

Studies have shown that sunshine can boost the metabolism and fight obesity.

3. Makes Stronger Boones

The vitamin D3 from sun can boost our body's calcium absorption for stronger bones.

4. Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes and Cancer

Studies show that people with adequate vitamin D3 levels have a 40% less chance of getting Type II Diabetes. Several cancers are inhibited by high vitamin D3 levels. Those with high vitamin D3 levels when diagnosed, have about twice the survival rates, than those with low D3 levels.

5. Boost Your Immunity

Studies show that adequate vitamin D3 is a vital component of a health immune system. This is also crucial in helping your body manage inflammation, so it is less likely to slip into a cytokine storm while fighting respiratory illness and other infections. 

6. Boost your Mood!

Clinical depression has been tied to vitamin D3 deficiency. Getting out in the sunshine, increases your vitamin D3 Levels and this can lift our mood.

Just 15- 20 minutes, at least 4 times a week, between 10 am and 2 pm of grabbing a little sun, is all it takes for our bodies to make vitamin D3. So little time to experience the health benefits. You will be glad you did.

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