At some point in our lives we all will spend too much time in the sun. A day of gardening, a day on the lake, a long walk with the dogs. It happens to the best of us. While this type of headache can be avoided, you can also protect yourself from the sun. When out in the sun we produce vitamin D in our skin. It has to go through some transformations in our liver and kidneys, but it still has a powerful affect on our bodies at this stage. Too much vitamin D or hypervitaminosis D from too much exposure to UVB rays of the sun causes the ionized calcium to be trapped in the blood (hypercalcemia). This thickening of the blood with calcium slows circulation and deprives muscles of the ionized calcium for muscle contraction. This causes muscle cramping. If you are getting muscle cramps, this is a good indicator that you got too much sun. You now need to get vitamin F.
Here’s what you need to do. Cool down and drink lots of water. Eat some good fats. Foods like olives, butter, cream, nuts, seeds, tuna, salmon, and other rich sources of fatty acids. Your body will take these foods and make vitamin F. You can also get a Standar Process product called Cataplex F.
To prevent your next overexposure, first, limit you time in the sun. Second, a couple days prior to exposure consume lots of fatty acid foods from the prior list. Third, avoid vitamin D supplements with in a few days of you sun exposure.
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Dr. Matt Kriewall, DC CCSP CCEP