Why Regular Sun Exposure is Healthy
Looong days, short nights mean it’s summer time around here. When it’s hot out folks are either laying out for hours working on their tan or hiding out all day inside with the air conditioner. Neither of these practices are healthy. The idea, again, is balance between them.
Our planet orbits that red fireball up there in the sky. This daily ritual helps to regulate many systems that occur in our environment including our sleep cycle. Sunlight early in the morning helps balance our circadian rhythm improving sleep and recovery from exercise and life stress. Another benefit of responsible sun exposure is the natural production of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D plays a significant role in our health. Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with a host of health concerns*. In short, if you have a symptom of X, and your Vitamin D level is low, raising your level of Vitamin D will likely reduce your symptom(s). Vitamin D is tremendously important.
But how much sun exposure is the right amount? Great question that has no exact answer. The correct answer is just enough but not too much. Riiiiight…I know. Lame, vague answer. But it’s individual.
We each have different tolerances to the sun. Skin pigmentation also plays a role. In general, the darker a person’s skin is, a longer exposure time is required to produce the Vitamin D, and the greater natural protection against skin damage. The lighter the skin, the less time required for Vitamin D production and less natural protection.
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*Ref- Vitamin D3: Holick MF. Vitamin D: importance in prevention of cancers, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Am J Clin Nutr 2004:79(3):362-371