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Make Friends With Mr. Sun

 Like most things, moderation is the key!

Like most things, moderation is the key!

You’ve probably heard that you should avoid sunbathing as much as possible because it is bad for you. Unless you need to be out in the noonday sun, you should be wearing a hat and using an ultra-high SPF sunscreen. If you don’t do these things, you’re setting yourself up for developing malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Even that name sounds terrifying!

So, when the sunshine and warmer weather arrives, many people become hermits. They don’t want to risk over-exposure to the sun, the wrinkly skin and the inevitable cancer they believe will surely result. But is this a good idea?

But did you know that the sun can actually be good for you? Richard Setlow, a scientist in the U.S., initially warned of the dangers of sun exposure and increased risk of skin cancer now says, “Not so fast!” It appears that the benefits of moderate sun exposure may outweigh some of the risks. The key word here is “moderate.”

There is no doubt that our bodies need Vitamin D and a natural source of it is provided by sunlight. Vitamin D is a fundamental ingredient for bone health. It can also help to protect us against deadly forms of internal cancer, including those of the lung, colon, prostate and breast. It is also a key vitamin in preventing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia.

How can you minimize the risks of external malignant melanoma, while getting enough Vitamin D to reduce the risks of developing these other serious internal conditions?

Moderation, moderation, moderation! To get your necessary dose of Vitamin D each day, spend 20 minutes in the sun, with your hands, arms and face exposed. If you remain outdoors any longer be sure to wear a hat and regularly apply sunscreen with a high SPF. During the colder months of the year, you can increase your Vitamin D intake with supplements and foods, such as fish and liver.

Scientists are always being challenged, even when it comes to creating better sunscreens that can continue to filter out the damaging UVA rays, all while allowing more Vitamin D-stimulating radiation (UVB rays) to soak through the skin. Until then, moderation is the key.



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