The Power of Sunshine: The Benefits of Vitamin D

Today’s message about sun exposure is clear: limit your time outdoors and always wear protective sunscreen.
While it is true that too much unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB lights can cause damage to your skin and increase your chances of skin cancer, the sun is not all bad. In fact, getting enough Vitamin D in your system is essential to your health.
Vitamin D is vital to development and a healthy immune system. Vitamin D affects as many as 2,000 genes in the body and is responsible for several important functions. The Vitamin D in your system regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, facilitates normal immune system function and promotes normal growth and development of bones and teeth. It is also proven that getting enough of this essential vitamin can improve your resistance to certain diseases and illnesses like osteomalacia, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and the flu.
Vitamin D is produced as your body’s natural reaction to direct sunlight exposure. Just 10 minutes in the sun each day can provide your body with the recommended amount, but you can also increase your Vitamin D intake by eating specific foods like fish, mushrooms, cheese, oranges and eggs. A Vitamin D deficiency can be very serious and lead to bone pain, muscle weakness and low blood levels.
Keep in mind that you should still wear a broad spectrum sunblock anytime you’re outdoors soaking up that Vitamin D.Brush On Block® Broad Spectrum SPF 30 mineral powder sunscreen contains naturally-occurring ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to provide full coverage sun protection. It also contains green tea leaf extract and safflower seed oil, both of which help moisturize and chamomile and honeysuckle that help prevent skin inflammation and irritation. All the ingredients in Brush On Block work together to enrich, soothe and replenish skin.

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