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Taking Care of Yourself in the Sun

As summertime prepares to make it’s official appearance, the sun will start to shine more often and the pharmacies will stock their shelves with sunscreen, begging you to load up on the SPF during these warm months. And if you don’t plan on wearing the sunscreen, the health experts preach to stay inside and avoid damaging your skin. It’s important to realize, however, that spending a decent amount of time outside exposed to the sun is critical for your overall health and well-being.

As we’ve reported in the past, sunlight is the best way for your body to receive vitamin D. Without this important vitamin, your body can’t produce calcium transporters, the devices that are responsible for carrying calcium through the intestinal cell wall to the bones throughout your body. This means that regardless of the amount of calcium you consume, your cells and bones will not receive it without vitamin D.

Taking Care of Your Skin
While we believe that sun exposure is key to healthy living, you shouldn’t spend all hours of the day outside without some form of protection. You should spend enough time outside to get essential vitamin D, but avoiding sunburn is essential. Health experts have made sunscreen out to be the “safest” way to protect yourself, but in fact, layering your skin with dozens of chemicals can be even more harmful.

“Layering your skin with chemicals can be more harmful.”

Your best bet is to wear protective clothing outdoors if you plan on

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