What You Need To Know About Being in the Sun and Sunscreen

Sunlight eases pain, boosts mood, improves health

According to the Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, sunlight can ease pain in surgical patients. Bright light also appears to stimulate production of serotonin, which is associated with improved mood and sunlight can also decrease pain from other conditions, such as arthritis.

Protects against disease

Research shows that sunlight on the skin, important in the body’s production of vitamin D, plays a larger role in good health than scientists previously suspected. Studies now show that vitamin D not only helps the body absorb calcium to build stronger bones, but also protects against other problems, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and some cancers. Although sunlight is essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, some experts recommend supplementation.

Limited exposure builds health

As we all know excessive exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer. However, brief, regular exposure to sunlight (avoiding sunburn), can help build a healthy body while it contributes to a more positive mood.

Sunscreen Chemicals Get Absorbed Into Bloodstream

Some experts contend that over 50% of the substances you put on your skin get absorbed into the bloodstream.  That is important to know when deciding what to put on your skin.  So when you need to use sunscreen on, consider putting something on your skin that is not toxic. Look for products with Zinc Oxide and moisturizing organic oils and butters.

Zinc Oxide is considered a sunblock and filters UVA and UV rays. Many healthcare practitioners believe that a Sun Protection Factor of 15 (SPF 15) is all that is needed for overall protection from the sun. A SPF 15 blocks 93.3% of the sun’s UVB rays, while an SPF 30 blocks 96.7 %.  Clearly a diminishing return so don’t pay extra for something that is not wroth it. An SPF 15-30 provides a level of maximal screening of the sun’s rays, and SPF values above this point give less and less added protection.

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