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Miracle cure from the sun

Vitamin D, the vitamin from the sun, is the only vitamin that the body can make itself. It is indispensable for our health and plays a major role in numerous bodily functions. Do you have enough vitamin D?

Most people know about blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but hardly anyone knows his or her own vitamin D level. Yet this substance, which strictly speaking is not even a vitamin but a hormone, plays a key role in the human immune system. It strengthens bones, ensures an adequate supply of calcium, is involved in many enzyme processes and blood coagulation, affects muscle strength and lowers the risk for cardiovascular illnesses, metabolic diseases, as well as cancer, type II diabetes, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and even Parkinson's. 

In contrast to all other vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, we can easily make vitamin D ourselves in the upper layers of our skin with the help of sunlight and cholesterol. This means: Where the sun tans your skin is where you are making vitamin D. The more skin exposed to sunlight, the better – ideally one quarter of the skin surface. Arms, legs, and face for example. Long sunbaths, however, are not required. Depending on skin type, season, and altitude approximately 10 minutes (summer) and 50 minutes (winter) are enough, ideally when the sun is at a steep angle, thus around noon. The careful use of sunscreen is recommended, since sunscreen inhibits the creation of vitamin D. Therefore, you should apply sunscreen after a deliberate and short "vitamin D shower" in order to protect the skin from damage. 

More people in Germany suffer from an acute vitamin D deficiency than many realize. Deficiency symptoms appear specifically during the cold time of the year, in particular in late winter when all reserves are used up, and pathogens cannot be adequately combated. That's when adding vitamin D in the form of pills might be important. A pharmacy that you rely on will provide good advice on this. The sun vitamin can be consumed through food but only at a lesser amount. Fatty fish is deemed to be the number 1 supplier; thus adding salmon, mackerel, eel, or herring to the menu once a week in the winter is recommended. 

Apart from that, the natural production via sunlight and skin is the method of choice. Overdosing is nearly impossible, as the skin also has a buffer function. Too much vitamin D will simply disintegrate and does not even reach the blood stream. Moderate sun exposure seems to be a good path for the future, and is increasingly the choice of modern medical practitioners. New studies prove that an adequate supply of vitamin D could save the lives of thousands of people every year.

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