This Is What Will Happen, If You Never Go Out In The Sun.
Everyone has those lazy Sunday afternoons where you wake up, stay in your jammies all day and watch Netflix until it’s bedtime. While it’s a way to have alone time and relax after a long week, what would happen if you did that all the time; if you stayed holed up in your tiny apartment and your skin never saw the light of day?
Even if it isn’t life threatening, getting out into the fresh air and daylight is important for your health. For starters, going outside gives you a good dose of vitamin D. Many vitamins are obtained through food, but vitamin D is absorbed in your skin by what’s known as a photosynthetic reaction from sun exposure. If you’re never, ever out in the sun, then you’ll definitely be lacking this important nutrient unless you add supplements to your diet. It’s pretty much impossible to get the quantities of vitamin D necessary just in food. Very few foods include vitamin D and the ones that do have it in very small quantities. However, some argue that vitamin D obtained from supplements aren’t as good as those synthesized by the sun.
So why exactly do you need it? Vitamin D is essential for supporting bones and also protects against chronic morbidities like cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Low levels of the vitamin can lead to poor bone health. Inadequate amounts also have been linked to multiple sclerosis and prostate cancer.