Back to Basics: How Sunlight Can Reduce Inflammation
What if you could be happier, look healthier, have more energy and fight disease for free, in just 30 minutes per day – and enjoy it?
You can! A daily dose of natural sunlight provides you with potent vitamin D, an essential vitamin for having healthy bones, a strong & hardy immune system and much more.
Do you spend 30 minutes outside every day? Find out how this simple step can help prevent disease-causing low grade chronic systemic infection!
Inflammation and Vitamin D
Your body does not manufacture Vitamin D so you have to rely on other sources to obtain this important nutrient. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to get the amount you need each day and it’s only as far as your front door.
It’s the sun! Whether the day is sunny or cloudy take a 30 minute break and go outside. You’ll still benefit from the overcast weather as long as you go outside during the day.
You may already be aware that vitamin D is important for your body’s absorption of calcium and other bone-building minerals, but did you know it has even more benefits for your health? New research shows that vitamin D is also vital to your body’s immune system.
When you have a cold or scrape your knee, your body’s immune system responds with inflammation. This is the good kind of inflammation you need to fight an infection or heal a wound, and you may notice that you have a fever or maybe the skin around your wound turns red.
After a while, when your body’s response has been successful, the fever disappears; the wound heals. Inflammation has done its job.
Vitamin D, a potent immune system modulator, is a part of that process. It tells your immune system to turn off its inflammatory response after the work is done.
Vitamin D Deficiency and Low Grade Chronic Systemic Inflammation
Unfortunately, many people are not getting enough vitamin D! This compromises your immune system and eliminates one of your most potent defenses against low grade chronic systemic inflammation.
Because vitamin D is essential to immunity, a deficiency means that your body will be less able fight off pathogens like bad bacteria, yeast, and fungus that cause infections. When these pathogens do cause an inflammatory response in your body, vitamin D will not be there to aid in turning off the response that would allow your body to return to normal.
Instead, the inflammation will remain in your body. You might not have a fever, but you might experience symptoms of low grade chronic systemic inflammation, which include:
- Visible signs of aging like wrinkles.
- Susceptibility to bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
- Acid reflux
- Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Urinary tract infections
Low grade chronic systemic inflammation is serious and preventable! Read more about inflammation in Inflammation: The Real Cause of All Disease and How to Reduce and Prevent It.
In a nutshell: Vitamin D is a great aid for reducing inflammation. It’s freely available to everyone, even on cloudy days and can even boost your mood. So make sure you get your 30 minutes outside, every day, without sunglasses. Your body and your bones with thank you.
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