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Orlando, Fla. — So far we know that too much direct exposure to sun can be harmful, causing different kinds of of health issues that can matter of concern including higher chances of skin cancer, but did you know that the sun’s UV rays help your body make its vitamin D? 

Vitamin D is very important for your bones, blood cells and inmune system. It can also help you take in and use some minerals like calcium and phosphorus.

Scientists believe that illnesses like breast, colon, prostate and lung cancer are also linked to lack  of vitamin D. Other serious conditions like high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and heart diseases have higher chances too.

As you age, it is important to be exposed to certain amount of daylight, because that is what activates your body’s internal clock and as you get older your eyes are less able to take in light, thus, sleep problems may begin. And this one you will really like: From 20 to 30 minutes between 8 and noon can help you keep you in good shape because scientists think the sun’s rays may shrink fat cells below your skin surface. The earlier you get it, the better results you may get.

If that wasn’t enough, sunlight helps boost serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is know to relieve depression because it helps you stay calm, positive and focused. It is so, that doctors may recommend exposure to natural or artificial light to treat seasonal affective disorder and other types of depression. 

Your skin gets some benefits too when used (sunlight) with caution, because small amounts of ultraviolet light may relieve the symptoms of certain skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and vitiligo.

So exactly how much is too much?

It depends on your skin tone, age, health history, diet and even where you live. As a general rule, scientists believe that between 5 to 15  minutes should be enough. If you are dark-skinned you may extend it up to 30 minutes.  If you decide to stay longer you can do so, as long as you take your precautions using adequate sunscreen after you have discussed it with your primary care physician.

What you want to do

  • Always protect your eyes
  • Use sunscreen
  • Check your skin for new growths or changes in old spots.

Dont’s

  • Too much exposure without protection
  • Stay away from tanning beds

The good news for all of us is that we live in “The Sunshine State.”

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