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Summer and UV light

With summer coming I thought I would post some of my thoughts on sunlight and specifically ultraviolet or UV light as it is known. I think we have perhaps went a little too far down the road with protection from UV light. It is necessary to have some UV exposure to be healthy. Imagine if you never went outside. Pale and sickly would be some of the words that would describe your appearance. It is obvious we were created to need the sun at some level.

UV light is necessary for us to make vitamin D. This reaction happens in your skin and the only time we can do it in Iowa is from about April through September and from the hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you live further south your window to make vitamin D is longer. If you live further north it is shorter. Hence, folks that live further north tend to have lighter skin as it is more efficient at making vitamin D. Eskimos excluded as they get their vitamin D through their unique diet.

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