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Vitamin D Helps Heal Sunburn?

Winter in the Midwest means that it is time to ‘get the heck out of Dodge.’  Many of my patients are taking fun vacations full of sunshine and beaches.  Sure, I miss them for the winter/while they are gone, but I also get to live vicariously through them.Vitamin D

These fun vacations full of sun include lots of Vitamin D (and vitamin sea).  Vitamin D is something that Midwesterners are most likely lacking.  Vitamin D is most known for its significant role in bone health, but it also plays a role in supporting our immune system.  Getting Vitamin D on vacation is perfect, however we should have adequate Vitamin D levels BEFORE we hit the beach, and more importantly before we hop on the giant, flying cesspool of germs and recycled air that takes us to paradise.  I recommend taking 100,000 IU of Vitamin D before you fly so you can spend less time sniffling and more time taking selfies on the beach.

Another lesser known fact about Vitamin D is that it can help our skin heal after we spend too much time in the sun.  By taking 50,000-100,000 IU of Vitamin D after you notice you’re getting red, you can reduce the redness and pain due to sunburn.

Healthy travels,

Dr. Tonya

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