What Are the Benefits of Sunlight?

What Are the Benefits of Sunlight?

SUNSHINE

Your body needs about fifteen minutes a day of sunlight on your arms and legs, two to three days a week, for your skin to make vitamin D, which is needed to build strong bones, boost your immunity, and prevent certain cancers.

People who live at high latitudes don’t make much, if any, vitamin D in the winter and fall, because the sun’s rays aren’t as strong. If you don’t get regular sun exposure and don’t get enough vitamin D from your diet, you might not be meeting your requirements. (Many children and adolescents don’t get enough vitamin D.)

A daily multivitamin supplement for kids may be recommended for you. Talk to your pediatrician about extra vitamin D.

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Sunscreen decreases the body’s ability to make vitamin D, but you still need to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays. Direct exposure to sunlight increases the risk of getting skin cancer and causes premature aging of the skin. Wear sunscreen (SPF 30 and above) and a hat if you plan to be outside in the sun for extended periods. There are limits to the effectiveness of sunscreen, so you may need to cover up or find shade.

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