Updated: Sep 9
We are often confronted by the dangers of sun damage. But did you know? Sun exposure also has many health benefits, and that it's all about finding the right balance. Here are some of the reasons to have some fun in the sun this September.
Build strong bones
Vitamin D is often referred to as the "sunshine vitamin" because it is a nutrient that the body produces naturally when a person’s skin is exposed to direct sunlight.
Although we have an unlimited supply of sunshine in South Africa, our work and lifestyles tend to keep us guarded indoors. Certain foods like salmon, sardines, egg yolks, mushrooms, and fortified foods (cow's milk, orange juice, breakfast cereals) contain levels of Vitamin D. However, because of the limited natural resources of Vitamin D, many people opt for a Vitamin D supplement.
We recommend Sportron's Magnetone D and Whizz Kidz Vitamin D3 soft gels for children. Magnetone D is a supplement rich in Vitamin D. Magnesium and Vitamin D work hand-in-hand; with Magnesium playing an important role in determining how much Vitamin D our bodies can make. Magnesium also helps your body to absorb and use minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Boost your immune system
Vitamin D also keeps your immune system functioning. A lack of Vitamin D in the body can increase autoimmunity (when your immune system mistakenly attacks your body) and it can also make your body more susceptibility to infection. Your immune system defends your body against invaders, and getting the right balance of Vitamin D equips the immune system with the weapons it needs to defend.
Stabilise your mood
Globally, people are mentally exhausted. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused anxiety in many households. And a healthy daily dose of sunshine comes highly recommended because of the hormones it triggers in your brain. Serotonin is a mood-boosting chemical that can help you calm down, rest, and digest. A lack of sun exposure leads to a drop in serotonin levels that can make a person feel drained, dark, and in extreme cases depressed.
Remember that moderation is the magic word. Too much time spent in the sun will have painful and most likely permanent consequences. The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation which damages cell DNA that can lead to skin cancer. Sunburn can occur within fifteen minutes. So, be sun smart and be kind to your skin type this summer.
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Please note that the foods and supplements listed above may boost your immune health, but they don’t protect specifically against COVID-19.
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