Sometimes big changes come as a result of many small changes. Recent studies conducted by Dr. Philippe Autier, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, suggest that doing something as simple as taking the time to sunbathe every day can add an extra two years to life.*
There is mounting evidence that vitamin D obtained through sun exposure prevents cancer, diabetes, arthritis, high-blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and infection. In other words, it enhances overall wellness.**
The vitamin, or hormone, fights inflammation, boosts the immune system, helps form stronger and more flexible bones, and protects telomeres, by slowing down the rate at which DNA cells need to divide.
We have heard a lot over the years about the dermatological dangers of overexposure to sun. However, we now know that our bodies can prevent the formation of wrinkles and age spots if they are supplied with the right amount of anti-oxidants through our diet. The sun is like the woman/man of our dreams. It makes us strong and happy and loves us as long as we love ourselves and take care with what we eat. On the other hand, if we reveal ourselves to be clueless individuals that don’t know when to leave its radiant presence and indulge in a variety of bad habits, the sun will not take long to point out our flaws.
It was suggested that 20 minutes of sun exposure a day will supply the requirements for hormone D. However there are many variables that affect this equation: Age and race being the dominant factors. ***
The benefits of moderate sun exposure certainly outweigh the pitfalls. Though further research will be needed, there is certainly more than meets the eye to our craving for settling in a sunny place by the sea.