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Get Some Sunny D
Summer isn't just a time for eating corn dogs and taking a ride on the Slip n' Slide. Getting out in the sun and absorbing your daily dose of vitamin D—the "sunshine vitamin"—may be just what you need for healthy living.
Scientists say that low vitamin D levels have been tied to deaths from heart disease and other health diagnoses.
But even though patients with decreased levels of vitamin D were about two times more likely to die from their sicknesses, doctors say to hold off on the pill popping or sun worship for now. The latest research isn't conclusive and low levels may be a reflection of lack of physical activity, age or other lifestyle choices.
For now, doctors say just 10 to 15 minutes of sunscreen-free time in the sun per day can help increase vitamin D levels. You diet is also an important factor to consider: Dietary sources of vitamin D include fortified milk, salmon and canned tuna.
We want to hear from you: What is your favorite way to catch a bit of sunshine? [MSNBC]