The Dminder app is a way to keep track of whether you are getting too little or too much sunshine to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. Let’s take a look.
It’s 4th of July – a day in the US when we like to get out in the sunshine: watch the parade, go swimming, relax with friends, eat outside – picnic or barbecue, etc. But while we are having fun, it can be all too easy to forget about that sun exposure and we end up burning. Try the app Dminder and take the guess work out of it.
Unlike other apps, this one takes into account lots of different things to determine your vitamin D generation, such as:
- your skin type
- your location
- the solar angle
- your clothing – the amount of skin exposed
- your age
- your body type
Once you’ve entered your information to set up the app, you just click “start sun exposure” when you go outside. The app will show you how much vitamin D you are generating and also alert you when you might burn and need to cover up or apply sunscreen.
For sun haters and lovers
I think the app is particularly useful for people who burn easily and tend to always just slather on sunscreen, or else rarely enjoy the outdoors, thus preventing any vitamin D production by the body. This way, maybe you can sit outside for a cup of coffee in the afternoon and know that in 10 minutes, you are done! You’ve made a good amount of vitamin D but not risked burning your skin.
And for those who love the sun…yes, you might be tempted to sit by the pool and relax at this time of year..but using the app will help protect your skin from burning by telling you when you’ve had enough. No more red, glowing evenings and the dangers from too much UVA. There is even a “turn over” button on the app for those lying out in the sun!
Why is this so important?
It is estimated that 80% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D.
Research shows that the risks of vitamin D deficiency include diabetes, heart disease, and depression. The benefits range from improved cardiovascular health, reduced inflammation, to better immune function. Studies also indicate that optimizing vitamin D levels can significantly decrease cancer risk.
I wrote about vitamin D and its importance for health in Cancer Biomarkers worth following, which gives you more information, and the importance of testing your levels, particularly in relation to breast cancer.
For more information, check out the Dminder web page at http://dminder.ontometrics.com
It’s a great app to help you maximize your vitamin D generation while preventing burning.
If you are into apps, give it a go. It’s free. It works on iOS, Android, iWatch, and integrates with Apple Health and Samsung Integrated Health.