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You’ve heard it over and over again—“take your vitamins, they’re good for you.” You may swallow down multivitamins and calcium pills each morning, but vitamin D should get special consideration. A deficiency of vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, hypothyroidism, cancer, bone fractures, heart disease, weight gain and even depression. Sounds like a pretty important nutrient! Thankfully, if you live in Florida, you have an advantage here.

So what’s the best way to get healthy doses of vitamin D? Your body produces this essential nutrient when your skin is exposed to the UV rays from the sun. No need for expensive pills. But, even thought the weather may be a little cooler and you may not be going to the beach every weekend, be sure to stay out in the sunshine this winter. Not to mention, people who work indoors often don’t spend much time outside during the sun’s peak hours.

A lack of sun exposure, and vitamin D, can cause the “winter blues”—a time when people often feel glum and suffer from excessive lethargy during the shortened days of winter. Getting healthy doses of vitamin D has been scientifically proven to improve mood, along with improving your heart health and strengthening your bones.

Though vitamin D supplements are readily available, getting your daily dose by sun is a healthier, more natural solution that is possible for many southern states (where the sun is stronger) during winter. To make the most out of wintertime sun exposure, go outside in the afternoon when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. The more exposed skin, the better for vitamin D production. Avoid the use of sunscreens, for a short time in the sun, as they block UV rays from penetrating your skin - but don't get sunburned! Also note that UV rays cannot travel through glass windows, so physically going outdoors is necessary.

Whether you get your vitamin D by sunlight or supplement, ensuring your daily dose is important, particularly in the wintertime, to avoid illnesses or depression stemming from deficiency.

Feeding your body the right nutrients improves your overall health. Call Pro Player Insurance Group at (855) 367-7744 for more information on Fort Lauderdale health insurance.

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