Exposure to sunlight prevents diseases
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Dr. Faizullah Kakar said a new research conducted by World Health Organisation experts showed that sunlight had vitamin D-3, preventing hardening of arteries, joint pains and depression.
Based on a recent survey, a person needed 1,000 (25 micrograms) to 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin-D daily. The vitamin is received from sunlight, food, or capsules.
"Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D-3. People must take a sunbath for 15 to 20 minutes between 10:00am and 2:00pm. We should not take a shower for an hour after a sunbath," Kakar added.
He said those unable to take sunbaths should take 1000-IU capsules for a month. A person has 33 to 49 monograms of vitamin-D-3. People should test their blood to determine if their vitamin-D-3 levels are normal.
Kakar said sunshine changes cholesterol into vitamin-D. "As life progresses, people work for eight hours under closed doors, and use transport to travel which is not good for health," the advisor said.
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