Do you feel constantly fatigue, sleepless, depressing and pain in muscles and joints? These are most common “Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency”. It is also very similar to menopausal symptoms.
As a matter of fact, I have been covering myself up from the sunlight until now. In detail, a lot of people, including my friends and families try to protect themselves from the sunlight by using all the UV protection products such as sunscreen, umbrella, sunglasses and using makeup that contain some sunscreen. Hence, all that time we have been missing out sunshine hormone! In fact, if you don’t have enough sunlight, it makes menopausal symptoms worse.
What are Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency?
Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D (Sunshine Hormone)? Important to realize, those following symptoms might be cause of vitamin D deficiency. Thus, start getting sunlight right and tell your friends and family about the power of the sun. Then activate the sunshine hormone in your body.
- Chronic pain in muscles, joints, bones
- Chronic fatigue
- SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
- Chronic diseases (loose teeth and high blood pressure)
- Low resistance towards to infection
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and dysfunctional bleeding
To clarify, WHO (The World Health Organization) warned how there are many health issues world wide from people not getting enough sunlight. The lack of sunlight decreases the amount of vitamin D in the human body.
As an illustration, WHO released a UV (sunlight) Index, which is a scale that was made in order to spread awareness of the safety and the risk range of UV. Hence, the UV Index encourages and influences people to get a good amount of sunlight for their own health benefits safely.
What is the UV Index?
As has been noted, the UV Index is the rating of sunlight that shows how much is the safe and or dangerous for your body. To point out, the intensity of sunlight depends on the time and place, in other words, the angle of the sun.
For example, most countries show the maximum rate of UV in the spring and summer are higher than autumn and winter. Therefore, the rate of UV in a day rises as it approaches midday and gradually decreases as sun goes down for all seasons. Even if it is a cloudy day we still expose to 90% of UV.
For this reason, knowing UV rate is important so that you know when to get sunlight and when to cover up.
Moreover, this table shows some of the examples of maximal UV radiation level in different countries and each month.
Sunlight Reduces The Risk of Skin Cancer!
Another key point, there is research done by; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England, and; the University of Sydney’s Melanoma Clinic, Sydney Hospital, Australia that sunlight reduces the risk of skin cancer. According Dr. Helen Shaw, the conductor of this research, found the following interesting results:
“The people who had the lowest risk of developing skin cancer were those whose main outdoor activity was sunbathing. Twice the risk of developing melanomas was found in office workers who had to work indoors all day under fluorescent lights.”
Sun Smart: Sunshine hormone
As a result, some sunlight activates Vitamin D (sunshine hormone). As the process in producing Vitamin D starts from receiving sunlight through the skin. Then, converted into Vitamin D in the liver and is circulated to the kidneys. After that, it travels through the rest of the body by bloodstream.
As well as we know that there is another form of Vitamin D that you can intake through diets and supplements. However, without sunlight, dietary Vitamin D will not be absorbed fully in your body.
Don’t Forget about Sun Damage Control
On the negative side, if you overexpose sunlight, you know that is dangerous! damage control. In the case you need to have a damage control. For instance, put a lot of good quality natural lotion and eat some phytochemical soup. It will help to get anti-oxidative effect, boost immunity and fight cancers.
5 Ways of sun protections
- Less time in midday sunshine: 10am-4pm has the strongest UV. Apply sun protection on during these hours.
- Watch your shadow: Don’t forget, the rate of UV depends on the angle of sun. When your shadow appears shorter, the sun is high. Seek shade! It cuts UV more than 50%.
- Cover yourself: Wear cloths and sun protection products such as a hat and sunglass to shield the sun.
- Put sunscreen on: Use minimum SPF 15+ sunscreen every 2 hours for everyday living. If you do outdoor sport, you need stronger sunscreen such as SPF 30+ or more. There are some good quality, natural sunscreen are available.
- Avoid artificial suntan: Sunbeds and sunlamp damage your skin and eyes. Stay away from artificial suntan.
Bottom line is…
Given these points, Vitamin D deficiency will cause so many risks in your health, particularly for menopause age woman. So, to be able to improve menopausal symptoms, we need Vitamin D through the combinations of sunlight and diet (Food & Recipes).
Getting sunlight is equally important as protecting from sunlight. Thus, enjoy the sunshine regularly without sunscreen and cover up through the day except between 10am and 4pm. Get sunshine hormone for a happy and healthy life from menopause age and beyond.
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WHO World Health Organization
National Institute for Environmental Studies
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