As the heat of summer rages on, doctors and public health officials become increasingly vocal with their warnings against too much sun exposure.
Other medial experts like the well-known author Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, warn about popular Vitamin D misconceptions.
Does every consumer need sun block free sun time to benefit from Vitamin D? Or is that a misconception?
Sun block and wide brimmed hat sales spike as consumers try to defend themselves against the sun's well documented harmful rays.
Are all of the defense mechanisms just a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
Or are they still important tools to prevent burns and long term damage from the sun?
It's a well-established scientific fact that the sun is a very important source of Vitamin D.
New scientific research has linked Vitamin D deficiency to Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Asthma, Osteoporosis, Depression and a host of other conditions.
The short and long term damage unprotected time in the sun can do is also proven.
Many consumers are confused about the best way to make sure they have enough vitamin D in their bodies.Should they block the sun and Vitamin D or go sun block free to absorb Vitamin D?
Sun block will actually prevent 95% of the Vitamin D synthesis in your skin.
That's the word according to Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi, MD who's written a groundbreaking and thought-provoking book,"Power of Vitamin D".
Dr. Zaidi points out a major vitamin D misconception in his book. Many people, he explained, incorrectly believe if they spend 15 minutes a day outdoors they will have enough vitamin D.
Dr. Zaidi explains, "for the last 10 years, I have checked vitamin D levels in my patients. Many of these people are active—outdoors about 30 to 60 minutes a day, playing golf or other sports two to three times a week and walking three time a week."
He continued, "they (his patients) take multivitamins and calcium supplements containing vitamin D and yet they are still quite low in vitamin D. This is reality."
Dr. Zaidi does not recommend removing all sun block and baking in the sun a couple hours per day.
What he does recommend is that everyone should have their vitamin D level checked.
Based on the results of testing his own patients, he believes even the most active, outdoorsy people will find they have a vitamin D deficiency.
Use sun block, wear wide brimmed hats or other protection when out in the sun, act wisely to prevent burns and address your vitamin D levels with your physician.
"The good news is that this deficiency is easy and inexpensive to correct," he says.
Dr. Zaidi notes "Vitamin D can be purchased over the counter at most pharmacies or health food stores."
He believes "the easy availability of Vitamin D may be one of the reasons the medical establishment has ignored" it's importance.
It may be another reason for Vitamin D summer misconceptions about sun block, wide brimmed hats and time in the sun.
Use sun block, wear wide brimmed hats or other protection when out in the sun and act wisely to prevent sun burns.
Most importantly, be sure to address your vitamin D levels with your primary physician.
Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, is a leading endocrinologist in the U.S. He is an expert on Vitamin D, Diabetes, Thyroid, Parathyroid, Osteoporosis, Metabolic Syndrome, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and other Endocrine Disorders.
Dr. Zaidi is currently the director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center. He is the Endocrinologist at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.
Dr. Zaidi is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, Los Angetes, UCLA. He is also a Member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists ( AACE ). In 1997, Dr. Zaidi was inducted as a Fellow to the American College of Physicians ( FACP ). Then in 1999, he was honored to be a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE).
Dr. Zaidi believes in treating every patient as an unique individual and not just another patient.Note: Hairboutique.com did not receive direct compensation from publishing this information from Dr. Zaidi, MD. Hairboutique.com is currently a member of Amazon.com's affiliate program. Any links to products you click in this blog which result in a sale through Amazon.com may pay a small commission.