Wanna Soak Up the Sun?

Relaxing in the warmth of a summer day not only feels great, but it’s also an excellent way to raise your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed to maintain strong bones. This important nutrient also helps muscles to move, nerves to communicate, and the immune system to fight off infections.

Few foods contain vitamin D naturally, so take a supplement and spend some time outside to boost levels.

Additionally, if you’re seeking sunlight this summer, remember to limit your exposure time to just a few minutes at a time—too much sun can put you at risk for developing skin cancer.

5 to 30: The number of minutes of sun exposure you need twice a week without sunscreen to produce sufficient levels of vitamin D

93: Percentage of harmful incoming UVB rays a sunscreen of SPF 15 will filter

Source: National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements