Exposure to sun is natural for humans; we cannot survive without sun exposure, and it has many health benefits which can make a big difference in life expectancy, good calcium levels, and mood. However, as we often hear, exposure to too much sun can have negative consequences as well. Check out what you need to know about the sun:
Exposure to sun shine has been linked to a mass of health benefits, because sunlight triggers the production of Vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D protects your body from a number of diseases, aids the development of your immune system, stimulates calcium production and increased bone density, and acts as a natural anti-depressant – leading to a stronger, healthier body and a happier mind.
Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to sun burn, which has the ability to result in skin damage and cancers such as melanoma. About 90% of cases of skin cancer are a result of too much sun. Generally, negative effects from sun exposure are not made obvious for months or years after the damage has taken place. Other negative effects of sun include premature aging of the skin, and damaging effects to your immune system.
Protect Your Skin
You can prevent the negative effects that over-exposure to the sun can have on your skin by taking the following precautions:
- Pick the right sun screen:
- Wear sun block of at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15; the higher the SPF level, the increased length of time redness appears on skin
- Use a “broad spectrum” sun screen with staying power (waterproof)
- If possible, use a sun screen which shows where you applied – so you don’t miss anything
- Make healthy choices
- Avoid sun exposure between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the summer
- Stay in the shade as much as possible
- Wear a hat and sun glasses
- Drink lots of water
Ultimately, exposure to the sun is a part of a healthy lifestyle – but too much exposure to the sun – just like too much of any other good thing – can harm us. So, enjoy your natural health supply outlet from the sky, but protect yourself and take precautions to reap the most benefits possible.
Remember that you are important. Your life counts, and you can make a difference in this world. If you ever need to talk about this or anything else, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here for you.