An article earlier this week on The Weather Channel’s website talked about the various benefits of moderate sun exposure and the dangers of total sun avoidance.
“When absorbed in moderation, sunlight offers us many health benefits – not to mention life itself – that outweigh the risks,” the article says.
Included in sun exposure are benefits from Vitamin D, including the result research out of Ireland that found that sun exposure decreases blood pressure, resulting in lessened risk of heart attack and stroke.
Sunlight’s positive impact on psoriasis symptoms are also noted. “The sun is one of the best treatments for psoriasis, so in summer I encourage my patients to sit out on the deck and give their affected areas a good sun bath,” said Julie Moore, MD, dermatologist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health is quoted as saying in a recent press release. “Twenty to thirty minutes is adequate to improve the skin; you do not need to sit out for hours, and you do not want to burn.”
Other benefits include help with arthritis, sleep, SAD, depression and diabetes.
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