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Why You Should Become Sun-Friendly!

Photo Credit: Korean model Kim Ha-yul, soaking up the sun!
Mar 2, 12:22 pm

          While most Asian women want to maintain our milky complexions, staying out of the sun or slathering our bodies with sunblock can be a serious disservice to our health. Vitamin D deficiency is the most widespread deficiency in North America. While skin cancer is something to be wary of, 15-30 minutes a day of good sun may be just what we need to keep our health at its peak without sacrificing too much darkening or skin damaging. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should become sun-friendly:

1. Reduces Breast Cancer Risk & Development
          Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center discovered a connection between high vitamin D intake and a reduced risk of breast cancer. They revealed that the increase of vitamin D were linked to 75% reduction in breast cancer growth and 50% reduction in tumor cases among those already diagnosed.
          Furthermore, researchers found that even the vitamin D supplementation had positive effects on inhibiting the development and growth of breast cancer. Note: If you rely on milk to get your dosage of D, make sure you buy as organically as possible, as studies have recently linked inorganic pasteurized milk with an increased risk of breast cancer.

2. Protects your Heart
          A research conducted at Harvard University found that women with low vitamin D levels had a 67% increased risk of developing hypertension—putting them at a greater risk of congestive heart failure.

3. Prevents Diabetes
          Researchers have recently shown a link between Vitamin D deficiency and poor diabetes control. In a study done among diabetic patients at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, 91% of the participants were vitamin D deficient, and researchers found that as the deficiency worsened so did the patients’ diabetes control.
          Another study conducted in Finland demonstrated cause and effect of vitamin D deficiency and diabetes development. Over 10,000 children were given 2000 IU of vitamin D3 during the first day of their lives. After 31 years, their risk of developing type 1 diabetes was reduced by 80%.


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