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Enjoy some sunshine

Enjoy some sunshine

Enjoy some sunshine

One of the things I really look forward to each spring is to be able to take a sun bath on my back porch. On some days around noon, even if the temperature is merely 60 F and there isn’t too much wind, I will lie down on my yoga mat and it will be just perfect. The sun is warm enough in the middle of the day to deeply penetrate and warm my body. And if I were a cat I would be purring from pleasure. One of the pluses of working from home is that I can choose to spend a part of my lunch hour basking in the sun. And I love it! As a northerner I revere the sun. But there is more to it than pure pleasure. It is actually very important to spend some time in the sun - without sun screen. You might be surprised that a health conscious person like myself would say a thing like that, but unless you get some unfiltered sun your skin will not be able to produce Vitamin D, a crucial vitamin to help keep you healthy and young.

A sun screen factor of 8 or more will not allow the rays of the sun to turn the cholesterol in your skin into Vitamin D, which technically is not a vitamin but a prohormon. 20 min at a time is a good amount of time to be out in the sun to produce Vitamin D. Sufficient amounts of Vitamin D in the body can prevent a host of illnesses, from hypertension, cancers, diabetes and heart disease to multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and psoriasis.

Take your time getting used to the sun, start with 5 - 10 minutes per day and gradually increase until 20 minutes. When the weather gets warmer, spend mornings in the sun, before it gets too strong at midday. After 3pm is also a good time to be out in the sun. But use common sense and avoid getting sun burnt.

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