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The Sun Boosts, Depletes Nutrients

eNewsletter 2/19/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a timely study was just published last week detailing the best way to prevent a worldwide pandemic?

According to researchers in Risk Analysis, by increasing travelers engagement with hand hygiene at all airports, a potential pandemic can be inhibited by 24% to 69%. In addition, they identify 10 airports (LHR, LAX, JFK, CDG, DXB, FRA, HKG, PEK, SFO, and AMS) at the core of a cost-optimal deployment of the hand-washing mitigation strategy. Increasing hand-washing rate at only these 10 influential locations, the risk of a pandemic could potentially drop by up to 37%.

BONNIE ON WLS 890AM TONIGHT! If you would like to listen to Bonnie on the radio tonight, she will be appearing on The Jen Weigel Show for "Wellness Wednesday" on WLS 890AM at 7PM.


Steve & Bonnie: We were agog to share with you anthropologists' Nina Jablonski and George Chaplin findings that over millennia, skin color has been shaped more by conflicting demands from folate and vitamin D than the strength of the sun's rays.

Until reading their findings, we were unaware that some folate is destroyed by the sun's ultraviolent (UV) radiation. Whereas the skin kickstarts production of vitamin D after being exposed to those same rays.

Hence, the balancing act: we must protect folate and produce vitamin D because both are essential for evolutionary fitness. We need a happy medium dosage of sun that satisfies both.

The recommendation of 15 minutes per day of sun exposure without sunscreen whenever possible is still the gold standard. 15 minutes is long enough to get the vitamin D production process started, but not long enough to do major damage to our folate stores.

Of course, it is not possible for many of us to get adequate sun exposure year-round because of where we live. Thus, testing our vitamin D3 levels and supplementing properly is essential.

If you get a ton of sun exposure, have fairer skin, or have mutations of MTHFR folate genes, taking folate in activated form (in a multi or separately) would be a good idea if agreed upon by your health professional.


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