So you’ve got your kids ready to play outside… hats, sunscreen, sunglasses… and maybe long sleeves just incase… right? Wrong! While is it very wise to avoid your family getting sunburnt, by protecting them from sun exposure you may be inadvertently creating a vitamin D deficiency in your children.
And a lack of vitamin D is no small issue. Research is now showing a Vitamin D deficiency is linked to many major illnesses. These include cancer, heart disease, alzheimers, allergies, asthma, influenza, multiple sclerosis, and autism. Studies in the USA and Israel show that you are far less likely to pick up a superbug if you are admitted to hospital when your vitamin D levels are high, than if you are admitted when they are low.
And in some weird irony, although you are at a higher risk of developing melanoma when living in a sunnier climate, you are actually less likely to die from melanoma, thanks to the vitamin D.
So here’s to New Zealand… now get off the computer and go and play outside!