Summer is finally upon us, and this means it's the time of year when you can sit out on the back deck and soak up every last drop of sun. Not only does this make you feel well emotionally, as you no longer have to stay inside to escape the cold winter snow – it also makes you feel better physically. When vitamin D is absorbed into your skin from the sun, the nutrients help promote health and well-being inside the body.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, vitamin D may help protect against viral infections. Researchers believe this is why more people get sick during the autumn and winter months, when time spent outside and hours of daylight are shortened. Likewise, a vitamin D deficiency could be responsible for a weakened immune system that is supposed to protect against infections and diseases.
"There have been numerous studies showing several environmental factors during winter months may allow viruses to spread easier," said the Deputy Editor of the journal, John Wherry, PhD. "This study shows that sunlight, or more precisely the lack of vitamin D, could have a role in the seasonally higher rates of infection. More extensive studies must be conducted for this link to be conclusive, but since vitamin D supplements are inexpensive and generally safe, this is a really exciting discovery."
Consider doing your best to receive adequate exposure to the sun this summer. It may be a good idea to wear a lower SPF sunscreen or spend a little time outside before applying lotion so you can reap the benefits of the sun without putting yourself at risk for burns and skin damage.
However, this is a challenging balance for some, and soon autumn will be back in full swing, so consider following Dr. Wherry's advice by taking a vitamin D supplement from Dr. Newton's Naturals. Developed by Dr. Michael Pinkus, Sublingual D-3 tablets contain 5,000 units of cholecalciferol. This is one of the most effective, potent and safe forms of vitamin D. The fast-melting tablet dissolves under the under so it can be swallowed easily and absorbed into the body quickly.
"As more and more research into Vitamin D is conducted, we are learning that it is extremely important for human health," said researcher Victor Manuel Martinez-Taboada, M.D. "Our study is no different, and vitamin D supplements should be considered one of many tools that might help when conventional therapies are not enough."