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A Healthy Dose of Sun

Sun Shining Through Leaves

For Natural Vitamin D

We all know that overexposure to the sun can cause harm. Sunburns are painful, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a contributing risk factor for skin cancer.

But it’s not all bad. The sun’s energy is critical for life on Earth, and indeed, moderate exposure can play a positive role in our individual health as well.

Exposure to UV-B radiation (highest during the midday sun) stimulates skin cells to produces vitamin D. This, in turn, helps the body absorb the important minerals calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. Calcium, in particular, is important for maintaining strong teeth and bones.

While no level of “tanning” is considered safe, fair-skinned individuals can get enough vitamin D by spending just 5-10 minutes in short sleeves during the midday sun. Individuals with a dark complexion living in temperate climates such as the US can take up to 6 times longer to create the same amount of vitamin D. At that level of time in the sun you may be causing more harm than good, so be sure to include sources of vitamin D in your diet. During the winter months, this applies to everyone, as UV-B radiation typically doesn’t penetrate the atmosphere enough to provide any vitamin D benefits.

Dietary Sources of Vitamin D

  • Often fortified in milk, soy milk, and orange juice.
  • Fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, etc.
  • Egg Yolk
  • Cheese

Furthermore, a little time in the sun has been shown to elevate the mood and combat depression. So get a healthy dose of the sun—it’s good for your smile in more ways than one!

About Dr. Jayson A. Chalmers

Jayson Chalmers was raised in Placerville, CA and graduated from El Dorado High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. He went on to receive his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco. After practicing as an associate dentist in Napa, CA, Dr. Chalmers returned to Sacramento to be closer to friends and family. He began practicing in his current location in January 2005.   Knowing that patients want to have the best options and treatment available to them, Dr. Chalmers has completed many hours of advanced educational training in general, implant, orthodontic, and cosmetic dentistry. He continues to learn and incorporate many of the latest dental technologies in his practice. Through the use of intraoral cameras, digital x-rays and computer imaging he can immediately show and explain all treatment options to the patient.   Dr. Chalmers is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento District Dental Society, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and is involved in local dental study groups. Dr. Chalmers also is an active participant in Smiles for Kids, where free dental services are provided to local children in need.   Dr. Chalmers and his wife, Desirae, are the parents of Ella and Ava. They are an outgoing family and are very involved in the Arden-Arcade community. As a family, they enjoy tending to their chickens and organic garden, splashing around in the pool and traveling to beachside locations. Dr. Chalmers personal interests include camping and fishing and watching and playing most sports.

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