Vitamin D strengthens your bones and immune system, reduces your risk for breast, colon, kidney, and ovarian cancers, and regulates at least a thousand different genes controlling virtually every tissue in your body. The American Medical Association has recommended 10 minutes of direct sun (sans sunscreen) several times a week to get that dose of D, but the American Academy of Dermatology says no amount of unprotected sun exposure is OK. AAD recommends getting 1,000-2,000 IU of vitamin D through diet and D3 supplements.
The SPF number on sunscreen doesn’t mean much. Conventional wisdom suggests that SPF will give you twice the protection of SPF 15, and SPF 100 will offer twice the coverage of SPF 50. If only. The sky-high numbers are a marketing ploy.
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Facts from Women’s Health, Shape, OnHealth
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