Have you ever noticed how great you feel when you step outside for a quick break? That rejuvenated feeling might not only be the joy of being away from your boss or coworkers, it can also be the natural vitamin supplement you are getting from the sun… that’s right, Vitamin D!
Sure, I know that there are edible vitamin D sources, like eggs, milk and cheese, but the sun offers a special kind of vitamin D provided by its ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays… vitamin D3. And, just as little as 10 minutes of exposure is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies in your body!
The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. Recently, research also suggests vitamin D may provide protection from osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.
So go ahead and take that break, and make sure to tell ’em it’s the doctor’s orders!