People are so worried about getting skin cancer that they cover every bit of their skin as if they were on a trip in the Arabian Desert when out. They also spend most of their time indoors Sunbathing lately has endured a bad reputation to the point that, the benefits of sunlight exposure have become nearly extinct to this generation. It is appalling that exposure to sunlight is likened to smoking.
It is a fact that the sun can be hard on a person’s skin, but that only occurs in the narrative of wrong exposure. Long intense sunlight exposure falls in that narrative, but their relationship is not that straightforward as people may think. Other factors like gene and type of skin, which can either promote or protect also plays a role. However, getting the right kind of sunlight exposure can bring golden health benefits to a person. The exposure, timing, and dose are very critical to the quality of sunlight one receives.
The harmful UVB wavelengths that the sunscreen are specifically designed to block, have an important function to play in Vitamin D synthesis. It is responsible for initiating, the chemical and metabolic reaction that ultimately yields vitamin D. Research shows that many people have low levels of vitamin D and there is a well backed up evidence that shows the link between low vitamin D and poor bone health. Moreover, today many diseases have been linked to low levels of vitamin D such as prostate cancer.
It is quite interesting that for many centuries doctors have relied on heliotherapy, which is the practice of using sunlight for healing purposes, treating bone diseases, treating tuberculosis, mending wounds and simply helping patients to rejuvenate their strength after an illness.
Age has received serious blame for being responsible for stealing the beauty of humans; having a drying, wrinkling and cracking effect on the skin. There is an African proverb, which states when you look at a king you can never imagine, he suckled his mother’s breast. This is true for the case of people still in their youthful stage. When they look at an old aged person, they can never imagine at one point in time those bent with wrinkled and dry skin were once young like them. Therefore, they make wrong choices in the name of being free to do whatever they want. They indulge in all manners of empty pleasures and as time slowly but surely reveals their consequences, it leaves them with devastating agony. Some of the consequences are irreversible.However, age cannot be blamed alone the sun is also a culprit in what scientist calls photoaging.
Some of the benefits of moderate Sunlight exposure
1. Sunlight exposure protect against Cancers
In moderation, sunlight can be cancer protective. There is a natural law, which holds that for a person to reap the full benefits of a good thing he or she must do it in moderation. According to environmental health perspective people, living in areas with few daylight hours are more likely to have a number of cancers unlike areas with more sun hours. These cancers include ovarian, pancreatic, colon, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancers.
2. Sunlight exposure strengthens bones and teeth of a person
Everyone needs calcium for healthy bones and teeth but calcium cannot function without a good a supply of vitamin D. Vitamin D is not really a vitamin but a hormone-like substance that the body can make when it gets enough sunlight. UK department of health says we need 400 IUS of vitamin D a day. Moreover, the body is able to maximize the vitamin D it makes on its own than that which it gets from a diet, which is never sufficient. Today most people spend a great deal of their time indoors. What this means is that a big and growing number of people are at an increased risk of Vitamin D deficiency, Osteoroposis and brittle bone diseases
3. Boosts Immunity
Sunlight triggers the human body to manufacture its own vitamin D, which is essential to immune system function. Body exposure to sunlight increases the number of white blood cells in the body boosting the body’s ability to effectively foil disease attacks. Nevertheless, Vitamin D increases the amount of oxygen a blood can transport around the body, which in turn increases the energy level.
4. Healing skin conditions
Doctors have always been recommending UV radiation for treatment of eczema, psoriasis, acne, and jaundice. According to world health, organization sunlight exposure can be a remedy for myriad skin conditions for the right person. http://www.who.int/uv/faq/uvhealtfac/en/index1.html
5.Lowers Cholesterol and blood pressure
Sunlight can be powerful in the fight against heart diseases. This is because it tremendously lowers the blood cholesterol level, which has a strong link to heart diseases and strokes as it blocks the arteries. It works because both cholesterol and vitamin D are derived from the squalene found in the skin. In the presence of light squalene is converted into vitamin D but in its absence, it is converted into cholesterol.
Indoor tanning and Suntanning
Sun tanning is the process by which the skin becomes darker as result of exposure to Ultraviolet rays. The sun has two ultraviolet rays, UVA, and UVB.UVA is responsible for the tanning effect as they penetrate deep into the epidermis and trigger the melanocytes cells to produce more melanin while UVB rays burn the upper epidermis causing what is otherwise called a sunburn.
Indoor tanning is the process of darkening the skin by use of a machine. There is no tan which is healthy.Skin tanning causes skin cancer.
Just add a little bit more sunlight into your life and you will discover it’s a very pleasurable experience.So go out and enjoy some sunshine.