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by 3 · about 6 hours ago

Hi there, I was wondering what effect does putting oil on your skin have when it comes to vitamin D. I am trying to get my levels up, so I avoid excessive soapy showers after sun exposure and putting any cosmetics or sunscreens, but there is one... (more)

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by 0 · September 29, 2014 at 4:11 AM

So after some great answers to my last question, I've decided better safe than sorry, and to find a good sunscreen for my face. I broke my foot recently so with crutches carrying a parasol is out of the question, and I am yet to find a cute sun... (more)

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BobK 0 · July 20, 2014 at 5:45 PM

This answer may be considered "non-responsive" but a hat is and sunglasses are your best facial sunscreens AND staying out the sun (generally) from 10 to 2 will keep your skin in the its best condition for life.The skin on my inner upper arm is in... (more)

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by 768 · September 28, 2014 at 4:13 AM

From what I understand, as long as I tan easily, don't burn, and don't spend obscene amounts of time in the sun, I should be fine even without sunscreen. I have assure myself that sun exposure has been more or less incorporated in our genetic... (more)

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raydawg 0 · June 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

As long as you stay within your lattitude it's fine. I find that here in NY, I don't burn at all, even if I stay in the sun for 2-3 hours at a time. If I'm on vacation in a warmer zone, I wind up burning after half an hour, unless I'm already... (more)

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by 5 · about 6 hours ago

This is my first spring on paleo and my skin is reacting differently to sun exposure. Usually, my sunburns just turn back to pale, freckly skin, but after being outside all day Saturday, my face got tan. In the past, I'd have to be in the sun... (more)

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andrew 0 · April 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I also notice this. I have a pale skin which used to go red, then rapidly fade back to pale. Now, it goes tan quite easily and the tan lasts. I put this down to my higher sat fat intake and, presumably, more cholesterol on the surface of my... (more)

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by 10994 · about 6 hours ago

Is sunshine and what would likely amount to UVB exposure the best way to build bone mass? If not, and if there are more sensible/effective ways to increase Bone Mass or Bone Mineral Content or Bone Mineral Density through diet/exercise/other... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · February 01, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Invention studies using high dose vitamin K2 show about half of what you're describing with simply sunlight. I know I've also seen a study (I don't collect nutrition studies like I collect research for my work!) that showed a significant gap... (more)

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by 45 · about 6 hours ago

Is there a way to avoid over-tanning? I've been sun bathing regularly for optimal vitamin D levels and my skin has darkened significantly. I like my current skin tone and I don't want to tan further. This source says "You can actually... (more)

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vademecum 0 · September 08, 2013 at 11:59 PM

I'm someone who also darkens quickly. I literally get a shade darker with each hour session under the sun - I would get tan lines from a single session, such as based on some partial covering is placed - that's how fast I tan, so sunshine is no... (more)

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by 12677 · about 6 hours ago

I've been getting some sunshine lately, enjoying those vitamin D making rays, but I've been curious if there's any way to make more vitamin D from the same amount of sun exposure. One possibility that occurred to me is the availability of vitamin... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · July 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Interesting question! I suspect that protein may play a role from reading this article: http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2009/12/vitamin-d-and-uv-fluctuations-2.html And here's a blog post I wrote on the general topic of optimizing sun... (more)

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by 145 · about 6 hours ago

I know vanity sunbed shops are everywhere but these are mainly UVA light and useless for D3 production. I'm thinking of getting some fluorescent light fittings and reptile 10%+ UVB tubes (E.g.... (more)

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Outsider 0 · July 31, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I would add redlight or incandescent lights. When you get UV from the sun to get vitamin D, the red light component of the sun protects you from the damaging aspect of UV to some degree.The color temperature of 7500K suggests it has less red than... (more)

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by 145 · about 6 hours ago

Or, how long do healthy stocks of Vit D 'last' in a body? Quite a while I imagine but just wondered if there were any studies.

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James_3 0 · June 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Vitamin D's fat soluble, so as long as you have bodyfat, it'll be stored indefinitely. In terms of levels, I've not seen any studies on it, too many individual variables (starting point, inputs of sun/food, ending point), etc. However, in... (more)

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by 1169 · about 6 hours ago

I got really massive carb cravings yesterday and today after been out for several hours sun-bathing. Ate some meat, but it was carbs my body wanted. So had to buy strawberries, blueberries and dark chocolate to get satisfied.. Anyone experienced... (more)

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Laura_50 0 · June 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I have read before that being in the sun is very depleting. The more vitamin D you take in the more magnesium you need with it. So that might be why you feel a need for carbs - low magnesium levels.

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by 421 · about 6 hours ago

Hi everyone, What is your take on sunscreen? Is it harmful? Is it necessary? If you use it, which brand do you use? What SPF? How often do you reapply? If you go without it, what do you use in place? Coconut oil? Hats and long sleeves? Stay... (more)

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Crowbar_1 0 · May 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I do not use it on a day-to-day basis, except on my face. I use Aveeno moisturizer, and it has sunscreen in it. My daughter is very fair, and I don't use it on her, either. I am not a huge sun worshipper. If I go to the beach, I use an umbrella,... (more)

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by 90 · about 6 hours ago

Hi there, I am currently living in an apartment with a decent sized walkable balcony that gets about 7 to 9 hours of direct sunlight a day. I want to start my own vegetable garden but I am not sure where to begin, I just want to keep it as simple... (more)

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Sara_17 0 · May 25, 2013 at 5:02 AM

I have some heirloom tomato plants coming to me in a week or so, and I've already bought a lettuce "garden" (planter with several lettuce varieties already growing) which has been hanging out in an area with mostly shade and seems to be doing... (more)

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by 1097 · September 26, 2014 at 4:08 AM

hello! My gf has recently switched to primal eating- YAY! All has been going very well, but for the past two weeks, after prolonged walks in the sun ( 2 hours plus) she's gotten sunburn blisters on her chest, something she's never had before, even... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · May 06, 2013 at 10:51 PM

My best guess answer would be zinc deficiency.

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by 3014 · about 6 hours ago

I seem to recall reading that people tan rather than burn. I'm very pale, but I used to neither tan nor burn without an ton of sun. Now I seem to burn more easily (sitting here writing this with a red, burned face). What are your experiences? (more)

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MN_John 0 · April 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I take Vitamin D and Astaxanathin, both are protective against UV damage. Eating a low polyunsaturated diet also helps. I use to get sunburns walking to my car! Now I can lay out in the middle of the day for hours! A huge, huge difference. I'm... (more)

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by 213 · September 29, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Is sun exposure good for anything other than vitamin D?

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Brenjin 0 · February 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM

http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_weller_could_the_sun_be_good_for_your_heart.html

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by 432 · about 6 hours ago

I don't get much sun on my skin and won't use artificial bulbs. Also, I'd rather not use a supplement. I'm looking for exceptional food sources of vitamin-D, such as 50-100% in a single serving. (Cod liver oil, although it may qualify as a food... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · August 09, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Personally, I would not want to eat as much fish as I would need in order maintain a good blood level of D3. The risk of mercury toxicity is too high in this day & age, IMO. For example, I personally need 6,000 IUs/day from sun and/or... (more)

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by 2199 · about 7 hours ago

Can you get vitamin D from being outside (in relative shade?) with indirect sunlight? I am sure it would be a fraction of direct sunlight exposure, but I was wondering if there was any significant vitamin d we can get from indirect sunlight. (more)

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Kamal 0 · July 07, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Not much, unfortunately. If the UV index outside is let's say at 5, then the UV index in shade will be...lower (I don't recall how much lower, but it's much lower). Combine that with the decreased per-unit of skin area production of vitamin D in... (more)

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by 5828 · about 7 hours ago

I've heard that one of the Vitamin D books, written by a dermatologist, has a chart of how much sun exposure to get at different times of the year that's based on your latitude and skin color. Does anyone know which that book is? Or, is there a... (more)

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Varelse 0 · July 06, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Like this one? http://nadir.nilu.no/~olaeng/fastrt/VitD-ez_quartMED.html It is from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research. It even includes sky and surface conditions, time of day, altitude if preferred. (more)

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by 1307 · September 29, 2014 at 3:35 AM

So I tried coconut oil as a sun screen. Did not work. Ow. Now, I'm a coconut fried Irish-Indian...awesome (I can now empathize with all those fried coconut shrimp I've eaten over the years...I'm sorry delicious prawns). Anyways! Here's my... (more)

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Touch_the_Clouds 0 · June 09, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I don't have any healing-sun specific anecdotes to share. But I will mention that my father used to work in the lab at the local health clinic here and aside from myself had only seen one other person whose D levels weren't deficient (the other... (more)

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by 1720 · about 7 hours ago

http://www.naturalnews.com/024256_sun_gazing_food_life.html http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=3643BCF32DADD16E78D76598CB5145E7 http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=AD2B2CC417ADBDA72640FB1E0DF5D48F (more)

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stephenj 0 · April 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

This is obvious bullshit. Really. I can't understand how you could even begin to take it seriously. Three paragraphs in and the person advocating it claims to have fasted for 411 days. Mysterious claims about "energy." What kind of energy? How do... (more)

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by 85 · about 7 hours ago

What are some good ways to prevent sunburn and freckles and tan instead? I have heard coconut oil but am sort of scared to put it on my skin (isn't oil supposed to magnify light). I have very weird skin. Part of my face (along nose, and a little... (more)

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Tina_K 0 · April 09, 2012 at 11:42 AM

If you freckle and burn, chances are you have pheomelanin as your predominant form of melanin, which poorly tans (seen in redheads and lighter skinned folks, turns you more reddish and pink in response to sun). Eumelanin is the variant that... (more)

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by 385 · about 7 hours ago

I'm wondering if anyone else has a redheaded toddler that they've had to be concerned about sun exposure. My daughter has strawberry blonde hair and has the pale reddish skin that goes along with it. Last summer I basically didn't let her out of... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · March 13, 2012 at 3:18 PM

My husband is very fair & we now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, so we have to be very aware. My rule of thumb is 10 min exposure initially, gradually increasing it as the days get longer. When we are hiking, If he has even a hint of pink on... (more)

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by 1311 · about 7 hours ago

We are going to try to get pregnant towards the end of the year. I had a blood test recently which said I was deficient in Vitamin D. My level was 65 and it is supposed to be a minimum of 75 at the least. My doctor wants me to start supplementing... (more)

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stephenj 0 · February 24, 2012 at 6:11 AM

Gidday from New Zealand, where the ozone layer is even thinner. I've noticed since going more into full-on paleo and eating a lot of beef and lamb fat and butter and coconut oil that I burn a lot less easily. Eg, I sat outside at 1 pm yesterday... (more)

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by 1667 · about 7 hours ago

I figured out for my Lat and Long (San Diego) that 15 minutes of shirtless sun per day is generally enough, in the summertime I got it . What about wintertime? Any educated guesses in order to obtain decent level of 25 hydroxy blood levels?

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kilton 0 · January 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM

My UVB measurements in the DC area showed that about 1/4 the amount of UVB rays reaches the ground at solar noon on the winter solstice vs. the summer solstice. In San Diego I'd expect the difference to be lower -- perhaps between 1/3 and 1/2.... (more)

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by 175 · about 7 hours ago

There is no doubt that sun exposure is a very important factor in maintaining proper health, so I was wondering what can I do to achieve the best possible results with it in my climate ( I live in Poland, which has temperate climate ). Below are... (more)

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Ben_9 0 · November 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I live in the uk, and I gather that 1) Theres no vitamin d to be had for half of the year at least (see this calculator: http://nadir.nilu.no/~olaeng/fastrt/VitD-ez_quartMED.html 2)This is answered by the calculator above, but the general gist... (more)