Healthy Tip: Bare it all…briefly. Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D., director of the vitamin D, skin and bone laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine, recommends everyone get 10 to 15 minutes of sun on their arms and legs (and abdomen and back when possible) sans sunscreen three times a week during spring, summer and fall (when you can get enough UV rays to produce sufficient vitamin D). He also suggests everyone eat D-rich foods (namely wild-caught salmon, which delivers more D than farmed salmon; UV-exposed mushrooms; and fortified dairy and orange juice) and take a supplement of 1,500 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day.
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