Get your free vitamin D while the sun is high and your shadow, short.

Depending on your age and color of your skin, choose the length of time with an exposed body part to maximize daily Vitamin D production. Some studies say short exposure each day over the hottest days in the summer will produce enough vitamin D for the whole year, but in the winter there is always cod liver oil or vitamin D supplementation.

Determine the length of time needed based on the following estimates:

the lightest: newborn 5 minutes, child 10 minutes, teen 15 minutes, adult 20 minutes
the darkest: 30 minutes for newborn, 1 hour for a child, 1.5 hours for a teen, adult 2 hours

natural oils on your skin are needed for the conversion of cholesterol to vitamin D so leave skin unwashed for 20 minutes before and after sun exposure

Rotate the exposed part each day maximum for skin cancer prevention.

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About Dr. Millie Lytle

Dr. Millie Lytle holds an undergraduate in Sociology from the University of Toronto (1998), her N.D. from The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2002) and her Master’s of Public Health from the University of Hamburg of Applied Sciences, Germany (2010), for which she wrote her thesis on the integration of NDs into Community Health Centres. She has practiced and lectured in various integrated clinical settings, including the START Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, The 519 Church Street Community Centre and Lakeshore Area Multi-Service Project (L.A.M.P.) She has been interviewed for Viva magazine, Now magazine’s Alt Health, Adria Vasil’s Ecoholic and Damian Roger’s Wellness in Eye Weekly. She has also appeared on television programs including Breakfast Television, Food Jammers and Global News. She has been published in Naturopathic Doctor News and Review.

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