Enjoy the Sun in Moderation

Memorial Day is on the horizon, and people are starting to plan for fun in the sun. That is why the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention declares the Friday before Memorial Day as, “No Fry Friday.” However, instead of repeating their dire warnings about spending time in the sun,  I think it is very important to enjoy the sun in moderation because our body creates more wellness when our source of Vitamin D is sunlight.

Why Is Vitamin D Important?

I have written and recorded about the importance of Vitamin D for nearly 40 years now. Here is a summary of some of my thoughts.

Vitamin D is not really a vitamin. It’s actually a steroid hormone making it much more powerful than a vitamin. Its active form, calcitriol, is actually a steroid hormone that is the key that unlocks binding sites on the human genome.

Here’s the most amazing part. “The human genome contains more than 2,700 binding sites for calcitriol; those binding sites are near genes involved in virtually every known major disease of humans.” That’s why vitamin D is of such overwhelming importance in our lives. But it’s just as important to know if you really need vitamin D or not and if you do, what type is safe to take.

Vitamin D Is Best from the Sun

As I write in my Completement Now Health Programmodule on Sunlight and Vitamin D, Dr. Cannell of the Vitamin D Council stated:

The single most important fact anyone needs to know about vitamin D is how much nature supplies if we behave naturally and go into the sun. Humans make at least 10,000 units of vitamin D within 30 minutes of full body exposure to the sun causing what is called a minimal erythemal dose. Vitamin D production in the skin occurs within minutes and is already maximized before your skin turns pink.

I also share that:

Dr. Zoltan Rona, author of The Vitamin D Toxicity Mythagrees with Dr. Cannell that “This high rate of natural production of vitamin D3…in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D.”

Having a Good Relationship with the Sun

Many people no longer have a good relationship with the sun. This spectrum runs from those who never get out of their office or home into the fresh air and sunlight to those who believe they must cover head to foot, use a strong sunscreen, and wear sunglasses in order to be safe outside in the good weather. Since these folk won’t get their Vitamin D from sunshine, no wonder there is a worldwide epidemic of people who have Vitamin D deficiencies, including 17 different kinds of cancer.

My Personal Tips

I walk and swim in the sunlight every day, as I live in Maui. Here is how I handle my relationship with the sun when I’m outdoors:

  • I never put on my skin anything I wouldn’t eat. So, I don’t use sunscreens. If I feel my skin needs extra protection, say when I’m on a boat, I use zinc oxide on my face, ears, and neck.
  • When I’m walking or swimming, I wear a baseball cap and a long sleeved sun shirt.
  • After I come in from the outdoors, I do not scrub my skin. This strips the oils that are converting Vitamin D from my skin.

So, start with sun exposure. In the late spring, summer, and early fall, expose as much of your skin as possible for 20–30 minutes (don’t burn). (Those with dark skin will need longer exposure.) Then, cover up as suggested earlier. Additionally, reduce your intake of calcium and increase your intake of magnesium. This will rebalance the relationship among Vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium.

If you wish to educate yourself more about Vitamin D, go to https://drcarolyndeanlive.comand use the search term, “Vitamin D.” In the meantime, with these few tips, you can improve your relationship with the sun and benefit from natural Vitamin D from sunlight.


Dr. Carolyn