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Sunlight, as we all know, is the greatest source of Vitamin D. It is needed by our body in a specific amount to carry out different functions. But even though sunlight is available to us in abundance, a large majority of people across the globe are vitamin D deficient. It is because we do not spend much time in the sun, due to the fear of tanning and sunburns. Moreover, we cannot obtain this nutrient sufficiently from food. So let us understand how long is it required to stay out in the sun to get the maximum amount of vitamin D.

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02/4​How long you need to stay in the Sun

To find the answer to this critical question, the researchers at the Solar Radiation Research Group at Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) carried out an elaborated study. The findings of the study were published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. As per the research, 10 to 20 minutes in the sun was sufficient in the spring and summers, but in winters a person needs to spend at least 2 hours in the Sun to get the recommended amount of Vitamin D. That’s because in winters only 10 per cent of our body is exposed to the sun rays, so it takes longer to obtain the sufficient amount of vitamin D. While in summers 25 per cent of our body is exposed to the sunlight and we need less time to absorb the nutrient. The best time to soak in the Sun to get the maximum vitamin D is between 10 am to 3 pm.

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03/4​Importance of vitamin D

When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it makes vitamin D from cholesterol. This nutrient is vital for the absorption of calcium and phosphate in the body. It helps to keep your teeth and bones strong. Deficiency of vitamin D may lead to several health concerns like loss of bones, weak muscles, rickets and osteoporosis.

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04/4​Other sources of Vitamin D

Only a few food products contain Vitamin D, that too in a small quantity. Okra, dairy products and mushroom are some common sources of vitamin D. The RDI of vitamin D is 600 IU for people under 70 years, and 800 IU for people over 70 years.

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