Eat some sunshine (vitamin)
As more people regularly heed health warnings about protecting their skin from UV radiation, we also are hearing more about the dangers of vitamin D deficiency. This is especially so at higher latitudes where winters may be longer/harsher.
Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin in response to UV radiation — typically, from sun exposure. It’s important to keep bones strong, which most people know. You may not be aware that vitamin D also appears to protect against cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, death from cardiovascular disease generally, and several forms of cancer.
“But,” you say, “what about my skin cancer risk? Should I quit using sunscreen to get the vitamin D I need?” The answer to that is a big “No!” Annually, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the total of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with UV exposure. As it is, sunscreen doesn’t keep out all UV rays, so it already represents only partial protection against the sun’s damage to your skin.
The good news:
Where did 2015 go? Hopefully, it's been a collection of good times, good friends and a fitter YOU! No matter your fitness right now, though, you can always use a few extras in your toolbox. Or, maybe you're in the process of transforming yourself, and looking for concrete steps to help you reach your goals. We'd like to offer you 30 tips (and a bonus) to assist as we launch ourselves into 2016: