You probably know that sunlight is powerful, necessary, and good for Vitamin D, but did you know that there are certain parameters in which soaking it in is most helpful to your body?
I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about getting time in the sun, saying they’re going to soak in some Vitamin D. Can you spot the error?
During a few recent classes I took on detox and toxicity, sunlight was often mentioned as a beneficial way to nourish the body. With my movement sometimes being limited, I know I don’t get out in the sun as much as I should. This led me to ask a couple questions:
As I searched for answers to these questions, more questions were raised in my mind. I realized there’s much I didn’t fully understand. Maybe there is for you, too.
When people say they’re going to soak in some Vitamin D by being out in the sun, they’re, actually, incorrect. The sun ISN’T the SOURCE of Vitamin D! Our bodies, actually, CREATE Vitamin D from “The sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays hit[ting] cholesterol in the skin cells, providing the energy for Vitamin D synthesis to occur.”1 The sun IS, obviously, NECESSARY for PRODUCING Vitamin D; it’s just not the SOURCE of it.
So, if you have trouble getting all of your Vitamin D requirements for the day from eating foods like salmon, herring, sardines, canned tuna, cod liver oil, beef liver, egg yokes, mushrooms, and other Vitamin D-fortified foods (i.e., cows’ milk, soy milk, orange juice, cereal, oatmeal), taking advantage of the sunshine, as listed above, especially during the summer months, should give your body what it needs to produce the recommended amount of Vitamin D.
You may think that’s the job of Calcium and Phosphorous, and it is! However, Vitamin D “instructs the cells in our guts to ABSORB Calcium and Phosphorous!”1 You can take a Calcium supplement and think you’re all good, but if your body isn’t getting the right kinds and amounts of Vitamin D, you may, literally, be flushing your Calcium supplement down the toilet.
Depression (you know this full well, if you live in colder areas in the winter and can’t get out in the sun much with exposed skin), muscle weakness, osteoporosis, and even cancer have been linked to Vitamin D deficiencies.
If you feel that way today, like you’re just not connected to or hearing from the LORD, think about these things:
Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12 ESV
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light”Ephesians 5:8 NIV
If you have the Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, in you (you’ve accepted Him as the sacrifice and payment for your sins before a holy God), then you are to shine the light of His goodness, Truth, and what He examines and approves to others (Ephesians 5:9); He will use this to reveal the life He gives. Shine on, Liv!
1 Raman, Ryan. “How to Safely Get Vitamin D From Sunlight.” Healthline, 4 April 2023, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-from-sun#overview.