On the Sunshine Coast we have lots of natural advantage to get enough sun exposure and could maximise its benefit through a good routine. Getting the right dose of sunshine daily affects more than our absorption of Vit D to maintain healthy bones.
- Even with our sunny lifestyle and love of the outdoors, a 2008 study of athletes in Australia showed a surprising rate of Vitamin D deficiency.
- 90% of our Vit D comes from adequate skin exposure to sunlight.
- When your skin gets enough exposure to UV sunlight a reactive process converts cholesterol into Vitamin D3.
- Vitamin D3 is the biologically active form of Vitamin D, found in every cell of our bodies.
We have at least fifty hormones. Their individual roles should synchronise. If we don’t have routines and practices that allow this to happen they may not be able to function efficiently. When one hormone is out of synchronisation in our natural 24-hour rhythm, that disrupts the balance of all our other hormones and the performance of everything they control. Routine exposure to sunlight triggers the timing of the release of all our hormones from the parts of the brain that control our internal clock. These two elements are of great importance.
- Melatonin – the hormone necessary for good sleep, is released by the pineal gland in response to getting enough full-spectrum sunlight, as well as enough darkness.
- Vitamin D – adequate blood levels of Vit D:
- relieve mood disorders such as depression
- are needed to absorb calcium and phosphorus for strong bones
- may help normalise menstrual cycles
- relieve muscular pain
- reduce the risk of falls associated with weakened muscles and bones
There are risks and advantages to sun exposure, and the taking of supplements. Your osteopath will consider these factors and, if necessary, give you recommendations for further action depending on your history and symptoms.