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Good Question: Could a lack of sun be harmful to our health?

We all know its been a long, cold winter and sunlight has certainly been in short demand.

While that sunny friend in the sky can lift our spirits, it also provides a much needed vitamin to our body.

Good Question: Could a lack of sun be bad for our health?

Sunlight, its something that many of us haven't seen a lot of this winter.

This past weekend its warm glow brought many out of hibernation.

Sunlight provides a source of vitamin D to our bodies, recently many of us may be feeling a little depleted.

"We haven't seen a whole lot of sun for a long period of time, so you are getting less Vitamin D to your skin, that's why you need to bump up your dietary intake to compensate for that lack of sunlight." said Dr. Fadi Bacha with the Urgent Treatment Center.

We know Vitamin D is important for your bone health, but research shows it can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes.

For adults its recommended you get about 200 international units a day.

Supplements are all the rage right now and you can certainly bump up your Vitamin D taking one of these, but there are plenty of foods that will do the trick.

Dr. Bacha says you can get Vitamin D from dairy products, egg yolks, beef, liver and fish.

Most doctors recommend you get at least ten minutes of sunshine at least twice a week to gain Vitamin D benefits.


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