Did you know that too much sunscreen may lead to Vitamin D deficiency?

Press Release

With summer in full swing, Filipinos are all set to make the most out of vacation season by spending time outdoors, whether it’s taking a trip to the beach, lounging at the pool, or discovering the wonders of nature.


As temperatures rise, so too does the liberal application of sunscreen. However, studies reveal that using too much of this sun-protection product may lead to vitamin D deficiency. This is because inadequate sun exposure, coupled with low nutritional intake, reduces the capacity of the skin to produce vitamin D3, which the body converts into active vitamin D, a hormone involved in mineral metabolism and bone growth.

Studies published in the United States National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health also show that darker skinned people in tropical areas in South Asia and Southeast Asia have high levels of vitamin D deficiency. There is a high probability that this is also true in the Philippines where Filipinos are strongly pre-conditioned to avoid exposure to sunlight.

Furthermore, Filipinos’ higher melanin levels in the skin strengthen the body’s defenses to ultraviolet rays, reducing vitamin D production.

If not addressed early or treated properly, vitamin D deficiency may contribute to one’s predisposition to developing chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, later in life.

To provide the body its adequate vitamin D needs, doctors recommend a minimum of 15 minutes of sun exposure, provided it’s from 11AM to 3PM, the best time to get the ideal amount of vitamin D from the sun’s rays.

Doctors also advise taking supplements daily as an effective way to ensure sufficient vitamin D levels in one’s system, since the vitamin is found in only a small number of foods and is difficult to obtain from diet alone.

Tips on how to prevent obesity


America is at the the top of the most number of obese people in the world.  One of the reasons why this is happening is because most of their citizens are busy working, thus they don’t have time to do some exercises and they also usually eat at fast food chains where the foods are usually oily and fatty.

Obesity can be prevented.  You can start by doing these tips:

  • Increase consumption of foods rich in fiber
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day (thrice a week).  If you don’t have 30 minutes, you may choose to do this 4 minutes exercise that promises to burn at least 600 calories (click here)
  • Reduce your fat, sugar and salt consumption that we usually get from eating processed foods
  • Engage in regular physical activities (60 minutes a day for children and 150 minutes per week for adults). Accrding to WHO
  • Have six to eight hours of sleep
  • Eat healthy food in small quantities every 2 to 3 hours every day
  • Pack your own lunch so that you will not opt to go to fast food chains if you are hungry

Eating healthy food is more expensive than dining at fast food restaurants, but doing this will lessen your risk in getting deadly diseases like cancer and cardiovascular related disease.  It is better to be healthy now than regret it later.



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