Monday, April 7, 2008

Getting Enough Sun?

Do you spend enough time in the sun? Studies show that both health and mood improve with just 20 minutes of exposure to the sun daily. Many people believe that the sun is unhealthy for people, but it is all about how much exposure you receive. Sunbathing can be very healthy and beneficial if you expose a good portion of your body for a short amount of time. When you go outside, if possible, uncover your face, arms, and even your legs. Lay back in the grass or in a comfortable chair, close your eyes, and relax for 20 or 30 minutes. The Vitamin D from the sun's rays is necessary for keeping depression and mental issues at bay

Studies show that an increase in both cancer and Multiple Sclerosis are connected to less sun exposure. For years, so-called "experts" have warned against sun exposure, but what was never mentioned is that a moderate amount of time in the sun is actually helpful for warding off disease and illness. What has always been considered in instances of skin cancer are those who go out for hours in little clothing and expose for longer than healthy periods of time. You should always work up to being out in the sun for longer than normal time as well. At first, go out for only 10 minutes, and increase gradually as days go by.

Last but not least, using sunscreen is not a good way to avoid skin cancer and sunburn. Most products you can buy actually add to your risk of developing disease because they are full of chemicals and are absorbed directly into your body. Use care when spending too much time in the sun. If you must be out for longer periods of time, cover up with light-colored clothing, wear sunglasses and a hat or head scarf, and drink plenty of water.

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