Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunshine Is Good For You

Yes that's right. Sunshine on your skin is good for you. Just as long as you don't bake for hours out there. Lack of exposure to sunshine results quite often in a lack of vitamin D in your body. Most people do not eat enough of the proper foods to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. Deficiency in this vitamin is linked to higher incidence of cancer, osteoporosis, and a decrease in immune function Adequate amount of vitamin D also leads to an increase in survival prognosis of cancers. The kicker here is not to go out and get burned or bake for hours since to much sunshine leads to a greater risk of skin cancer and those sunscreens may not be good for you either. A simple rule of thumb would be to get 5 -30 minutes of sun exposure between 10 AM and 3 PM at least two to three times a week to the face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen.when you can. Now this is not always feasible given the change of seasons for some people, so be sure to get adequate amounts of vitamin D by eating wild caught salmon, sardines, organic - rBGH or rBST free milk and cheese products and or take a supplement containing 200 to 400 IU of vitamin D if your between the ages of 18-70 and 600 IU if your over 70yrs old.

Other reasons Sunshine is good for you:

* It boosts your mood. Sunshine helps to increase neurotransmitters in your brain responsible for positive moods.
* It will help you sleep better. The exposure to natural sunlight in the morning increases the production of melatonin during the evening. This chemical in your brain helps regulate sleep.1
* It helps keep your liver healthy.2 Your liver is the "clearinghouse" of toxins in the body. Natural spectrum light exposure helps the liver to function better.
* It can help alleviate skin conditions such as psoriasis.3

Additional sources:
National Institute Of Health
Reasons Sunshine Is Good For You
Your Baby Jaundice and Phototherapy


Skipper said...

Love the sun but know your limits. If I dont get enough sunlight in the winter I hit depression big time. I supplement the short daylight hours by taking Vitamin D tablets and using a lamp, as I do suffer from S.A.D.
Nice blog!

Another Blogger said...

Always posting a great post here. Yes I agree with about this post ;) I love Sunshine

Cascia said...

Great article. Everyone should get at least 15 minutes of sun exposure a day in order to get enough vitamin D. But always remember to wear sunscreen. You need to get the kind that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

remy rassivo said...

great blog


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