The Sun –
it’s not all bad news
Much of the information contained in our website explains about
the dangers of overexposure to the suns radiation.
However, there are also many benefits to be gained from sunlight.
There is sufficient medical evidence to suggest that sunlight can
help protect you from many internal cancers. This includes: breast,
colon, ovary, bladder, womb, stomach and prostate.
Well being and sleep
A psychological effect of the sun is the general feeling of well
being it evokes. This is difficult to measure in scientific terms,
but the feel good factor is a major player is our mood swings.
Happiness is one of the key essences for a good life.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a recognised medical term.
This is prevalent during the winter months when we are deprived
of sufficient amounts of sunlight. Depression levels may rise during
this time as a result. We can decide therefore that sunlight may
help with depression.
The pineal gland is a tiny organ found in the base of the brain.
This gland may be described as our ‘body clock’. Sunlight
coming into our eyes stimulates this gland, which helps to regulate
our activity cycles and improves sleep.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy life.
The sun is such a key source of Vitamin D, most of the body’s
supply of this vitamin, about 75%, comes from the sun’s UVB
rays. It is highly unlikely that diet alone, without supplement,
will supply the body with sufficient quantities of this vitamin.
Health stores are plentiful today and supplements are readily available.
Mankind on the other hand has lived for millions of years where
supplements were not available. We may consider that nature had
it’s own way of supplementing this vitamin by delivery from
It is interesting to note: we can intake excessive amounts of vitamin
D when supplied through our diet (food and supplements), however,
when the source comes from the sun our body’s intake only
what we need. The sun is a natural way to boost our supply efficiently
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, muscle and our immune
system. Rickets found in young people and Osteomalacia in adults
is largely due to vitamin D deficiency.
Interesting Fact: In 1903
the Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to the Danish physician,
Neils Finsen, in recognition of his success in treating Tuberculosis
of the skin with ultraviolet radiation.