Did you know that vitamin D is produced naturally in the skin when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays? Similar to a steroid in molecular composition, vitamin D circulates as a hormone and promotes healthy bones and muscles while boosting the immune system.
According to research by the Mayo Clinic, it’s believed that “vitamin D may offer protection from type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system.”
The trick is getting enough rays for a good supply of vitamin D, but using sunblock as protection against too much sun—if you’ll be in direct sunlight for an extended period of time. It’s all about balance—and getting outdoors.