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Vitamin D and sunshine

Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and many other biological processes. Lower levels of Vitamin D increase the rates of almost every disease like cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, cognitive impairment, autoimmune conditions and more.

Vitamin D is a hormone manufactured by the skin when you are in the sun. It is difficult to obtain enough through diet. 

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Water is necessary to life and a healthy beverage, but not in excessive quantities.

Your body can give you an indication of how much water it needs. It is better to drink to your thirst.

Getting a base tan can prevent sunburns

Tanning can increase your risk of cancer. Sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles. 

“Detoxes” work

Your body can detoxify itself, provided you have a healthy liver and kidneys.

Detox diets may even harm you. Juices high in sugar can increase your blood sugar level. A juice fast may also lead to malnourishment.

When to Wear Sunscreen

Sunburn happens when you're exposed to a lot of UVB rays from the sun. It only occurs in the middle part of the day in the summer.

When the sun's angle is below 35 degrees, you don't have to worry about sunburn because the amount of UVB is insufficient.

A good sunscreen will also protect your skin from UVA rays, responsible for thickening and aging of the skin.

Who Needs Sunscreen

The darker your skin the less likely you are to get sunburn or skin cancer. However, dermatologists recommend using sunscreen anyway.

Safety of sunscreen

Science has not found any serious threats to your health from using sunscreen.

The chemicals in sunscreen, oxybenzone and octinoxate, are dangerous to coral reefs, which is why Hawaii has banned them.

There aren't any effective alternatives to sunscreen besides avoiding the sun.

Results On Multivitamins
  • In studies testing the four common supplements of multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C, there was no reduction in the incidence of heart disease, stroke or premature death.
  • Folic acid supplements showed a reduction in heart disease and stroke. But high levels of folic acid in the blood may increase the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Among those taking statin medication to lower blood cholesterol, slow or extended release vitamin B3 (niacin) increased the risk of early death by 10%.
  • Antioxidant supplements also had a marginally significant increase of early that risk.
Multivitamins Research Review
  • There’s some evidence for taking folic acid for the prevention of heart disease and stroke, and also for taking B-complex vitamins that include folic acid for stroke.
  • As there was no reduction in early death from taking supplements, it does not work against poor dietary habits.
  • Taking supplements is very different from eating whole foods. The latter rarely causes complications and the former may lead to the consumer missing out on healthy phytonutrients found in the former.