The main function of the so-called “vitamin of the sun”, vitamin D, is to facilitate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the intestine, so that its deficit can lead to osteoporosis in adults and rickets in children, two diseases that weaken the bones.
Vitamin D deficiency decreases the absorption of calcium at the intestinal level and promotes the expenditure of calcium stored in the bone. Its function can even go beyond the maintenance of bone health, since there are studies that relate the deficit with autoimmune diseases and with a greater susceptibility to infections.
Some people need more exposure to sunlight than others in search of vitamin D, due to a special state of health: pregnant women, people with autoimmune diseases, those who have suffered a hip fracture, older adults, people with dark skin, celiac patients, people with obesity problems …
But in any case, it is shown that the sun in its proper measure, brings us, in addition to health, happiness and energy. That’s why, especially if you live in a shady place, it’s worth to pack your bags and go to rest and sunbathe outdoors in a destination like the Dominican Republic. You will recharge your batteries and you can also visit postcard places, such as Saona and Catalina. Islands within walking distance of Bayahibe and La Romana where you can relax, enjoy a walk through immense beaches, a swim in the natural pool, snorkeling, breathe the sea and nature and pick up that healthy vitamin D.
Remember that it is important to always carry with you sunscreen, comfortable clothing and anti-mosquito.