Posted by SportsCenter on Tuesday, February 15, 2018 08:00:38 The days of the dark skined athlete are long gone.
Today, the sun is an essential ingredient in all athletes’ diets.
This means the skin of athletes is light in color, meaning it absorbs more of the sun’s rays.
The light skin of today means the athlete has the right amount of Vitamin D, which helps absorb the sun and help them produce the Vitamin A that makes them shine.
Vitamin D is essential for the production of collagen, a kind of skin-like material that helps protect the skin from damage from sunburn.
As the days pass, athletes who have more Vitamin D in their system may develop darker skin tones and less redness.
But how do you know if you’re dealing with a dark skin problem?
It’s important to note that there is a broad spectrum of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S., according to the Mayo Clinic.
In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that there are approximately 6 million Americans living with vitamin D deficiencies.
If you have dark skin and are diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency, you should be encouraged to eat foods rich in vitamin D. For example, a high intake of sunflower seeds, which contain Vitamin D3, can help with your vitamin D levels.
Also, if you have a low amount of vitamin A, you can increase your vitamin A levels by eating foods rich with iron, such as spinach and spinach mixed with blackstrap molasses.
The Mayo Clinic also recommends getting plenty of iron supplements, which are fortified with iron.
The best way to prevent vitamin D-deficiency is to follow a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, according to Dr. Jennifer B. Kavulich, a dermatologist and professor of dermatology at the University of Michigan.
KAVULICH: A vitamin D diet that is rich in the vitamin is the most effective way to protect against vitamin D toxicity.
The problem is that most people don’t know that the sun protects against vitamin d toxicity.
Vitamin A is essential, and the sun makes up more than half of the body’s total vitamin A supply.
The sun’s UV rays, which penetrate into the skin, are what give vitamin A its bright blue color.
The skin absorbs more vitamin A from the sun than it can produce itself.
So if you are deficient in vitamin A and you are living with a high level of Vitamin A in your system, you are more likely to develop dark skin.
You also are more susceptible to sunburns.
So, the best way is to consume foods rich and abundant in vitamin B6, such in green leafy vegetables and legumes, which contains a significant amount of B6.
KOVULICH (Dentist, University of Chicago): Vitamin B6 supplements can help boost the amount of skin vitamin A you produce.
It is important to remember that vitamin B12 is essential to absorb the UV rays.
B12 also contains copper, so people with low levels of copper are more at risk of sunburn and skin disorders.
KEVULICH, DENTIST: We are looking for a diet that provides enough vitamin B5, so you get enough vitamin A to protect your skin from sun damage.
KAUSTEN, Dentist: If you are concerned about dark skin, you need to go ahead and take vitamin D supplements to make sure you are not getting too much vitamin A.