Sun Safety

Sun Safety

Sun Safety

The year is rolling by so quickly. Before long we’ll be celebrating Christmas and the New Year. Yet in those fleeting moments and in reflection, I have accomplished many things. I am grateful that I’m healthy, blessed to be alive and working to make a difference in people’s lives by providing evidence-based information in food, nutrition, health and wellness.

I hope that in your reflections you can come to the realization of being thankful and grateful of your accomplishment and happy to be alive and well.

As summer approaches, take the time to continue to take care of your health. Everyone looks forward to the warm weather. Many of us can’t just wait for the nicer weather to bask in the sun, hopefully – with the appropriate sunscreen and cover-ups.

Sunshine is crucial for the production of vitamin D. Our bodies can’t absorb calcium without the presence of vitamin D, your bones become thin, they get brittle or soft and children may even get rickets.

Sun Sunblock SunscreenHowever, there is the rising rate of skin cancer put using sunblock right up there with flossing your teeth, drinking water, getting adequate sleep, and exercising when it comes to healthy habits.

There are other benefits that direct exposure to sunshine helps to control such as skin rashes and infections, including yeast and fungi infections. Sunscreen or sunblock will lessen but not stop this effect.

Be careful to take all the normal precautions when spending time in the sun:

  • Avoid the strongest sun – between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Light pigmented persons especially, should apply a coating of at least SPF 15 sunblock every day even on overcast and winter days.
  • Wear a hat, so that your scalp, back of the neck and ears are protected.
  • Wear sunglasses with lenses that block UVA and UVB rays
  • Get regular skin checks by a dermatologist at least once a year for any signs of cancer and check your own skin monthly

 

And remember, even on cloudy days you should still apply sunscreen at least to your face before you head outside.

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