Summer is here and with it brings the chance to get our daily dose of Vitamin D. Not that it means you need to step out and get roasted in the scorching heat, but there are safe ways to get your 'Sunshine Vitamin'.
Why do you need it
- Reduces the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer
- Prevents bone fractures, osteoporosis and the risk of falls in the elderly
- Reduces the risk of diabetes, particularly in the young
- Reduces the risk of multiple sclerosis
- Protects against high blood pressure
- Protects against heart disease
- Improves lung function
- Elevates the mood
How can you get it
Sunlight is the best bet to get your Vitamin D, and it's free too! However, too much exposure to the sun can be detrimental and hence a few minutes should suffice; The WHO suggests 5-15 minutes of sunlight on your face, hands and arms twice or thrice every week. Avoid going out when the sun's rays are direct, especially between 10 am and 4 pm. Exposure to sunlight is believed to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. It is associated with boosting mood and bringing a sense of calmness and focus. Without adequate sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip, which can even result in a higher risk of major depression with seasonal pattern.
But every good medicine comes around with its share of side effects. Right? In this case, one has to be careful about the harmful UV radiation from the Sun. Did you know you can now get your dose of Vitamin D without having to bother about the UV radiation? Moving over Sun Screens and the like, you could now get exposed to your share of Sunlight and also take cover behind the protective Sun Ban Glass from Saint-Gobain. Sun Ban glass blocks harmful UV radiation while letting in ample amount of sunlight. So soak in the sun and get your Vitamin D, all at once. One wise choice will be to use Sun Ban glass for Windows and enjoy Sunshine literally from your cosy home!
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