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March 30, 2016

SUN IS GOOD FOR US
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Joys of sunbathing

Live longer!

Life is impossible without sun. Sun created life on Earth. It cannot be bad for us. And people feel it and enjoy sunbathing.

Sunbathers live longer (and avoiding the sun could be as dangerous as smoking).

Vitamin D from the sun’s rays is essential for the healthy functioning of our body and immune system and staying in the shade all the time could be a recipe for premature death, researchers from the Karolinksa University Hospital in Sweden have discovered. https://wddty.com/news/2016/03/sunbathers-live-longer-and-avoiding-the-sun-could-be-as-dangerous-as-smoking.html

Sunbathing also reduces blood pressure, cuts the risk of heart attacks and is more likely to prolong life than shorten it. Dermatologist Dr. Richard Weller, whose team conducted the study, said: “We suspect that the benefits to heart health of sunlight will outweigh the risk of skin cancer.”

The big discovery is that when skin is exposed to sunlight, a compound called nitric oxide is released in blood vessels that helps lower blood pressure. The team’s risk assessment comes from the estimate that heart disease and stroke linked to high blood pressure kills 80 times more people than skin cancer in the UKhttp://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/health-benefits-sunbathing-outweigh-skin-1874870

Don’t go crazy! Everything in moderation.

One cannot trust every bit of advice that “learned” people give because in a few years this advice will change to something totally opposite. Please use common sense and do everything in moderation.

Even if sun is good for you, don’t spend hours in the sun because it will burn your skin. Start with 15 minutes per day and then increase the amount of time a little bit every day. But I would not advise spending more than a couple of hours per day, regardless on how long you have been adjusting to the sun.

Kids need sun exposure

Life is good!

Sunscreens

“Then there’s the issue of potentially harmful ingredients. The Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, which can behave like estrogen in the body and retinyl palmitate, which may speed the development of skin tumors exposed to sun.” http://www.treehugger.com/health/summer-skip-spray-sunscreen.html

Enjoy life, enjoy the sun and please stay healthy, my friends. And please try not to use sunscreen.

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