Monday, July 7, 2008

Is the Sun hurting you ?

If the Sun is out you will find most people going out of there way to play out in it, or just laying out in it to get that golden tan. Lets face it, if you work out nothing shows off your hard earned work better than a nice tan.

Most people today know about skin cancer from the Sun, and they do what they have been told to do apply sunscreen before you go out into the Sun. But unfortunatley as usual its buyer beware with sunscreen products.

One analysis found that 84 percent of 785 sunscreen products with an SPF rating of 15 or higher offer inadequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays, or contain ingredients with safety concerns. Ironically, some popular sunscreen chemicals break down when exposed to sunlight and must be formulated with stabilizing chemicals. Others penetrate the skin and present significant health concerns.

Now dont start running indoors, because there are reasons that you like and want to be in the Sun.

Sunlight stimulates the pineal gland in the brain. This produces certain chemicals called 'tryptamines' which improve our mood, makes you feel good.

But more importantly Solar radiation is a major, if not the main, source of vitamin D in humans. In the presence of sunlight, the body converts certain precursor chemicals to active vitamin D.

"Since vitamin D has been shown to play a protective role in a number of internal cancers and possibly a range of other diseases, it is important to study the relative risks to determine whether advice to avoid sun exposure may be causing more harm than good.

The best natural sunscreen, however, is an internal sunscreen built with nutrition. Eat chlorella, spirulina, goji berries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, astaxanthin, carrots and nutrient-rich superfoods to boost your skin's natural UV protection (takes about 30 days of nutrition to boost skin levels).

Second you need to gradually expose yourself to sunlight, if the area you are exposing is new to the Sun i wouldn't spend more than 20 minutes at first.

Plus don't go out in the sun without sunglasses that give UVA and UVB protection, or you risk developing cataracts.

Thinking indoor tanning ?, Sunbeds produce ultraviolet rays, just like the sun. In fact, a sunbed can be even more dangerous than the sun. It’s estimated that 20 minutes in a solarium can be equivalent to approximately four hours in the sun.

Sunbeds can also speed up thinning of the skin, the development of wrinkles and fine lines, and other change usually associated with ageing.

Want To Know More ? see- Is Your Water Toxic?

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