Our Love/Hate Relationship with the Sun

Our Love/Hate Relationship with the Sun

The sun is both worshipped by some people and totally avoided by others. Our relationship with the sun’s rays have radically changed over the decades.

Sun proponents see it as nurturing. Atapa Snana is the yogi phrase for the healing science of sun bathing. In ancient times, Greeks used sunlight therapy called heliotherapy to treat many illnesses. Vitamin D from the sun can help bone and teeth, the immune system, protect against dementia and asthma. Sunlight on the eye’s retina can release serotonin hormones in your brain. This is commonly associated with boosting moods especially with individuals who experience depression.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the sun’s rays might help treat several skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, jaundice and acne. According to some research, people who live in areas where there is less daylight are more likely to have some specific cancers than those who live where there is more sun. These cancers include colon cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer.

Others are concerned about known health risks but still sit out in the sun because it feels good and they want to look tan!

Sun avoiders think that its rays are harmful. There are links between too much exposure to the sun and melanoma (skin cancer). Others fear that a lot of sun can promote aging wrinkles, brown spots and sagging skin. Although the exact cause of rosacea has not been confirmed, many believe that too much sunlight is a major factor. Being out in the sun for an extended time can also cause dehydration and heat stroke. These symptoms include headaches, disorientation, loss of appetite, and nausea.

Sitting in the sun too much, especially early in the season, can cause painful sunburns. Some believe that too many burns contribute to the development of skin cancer. Over exposure to the sun can also dry out the hair, causing it to be too brittle.

One alternative is to protect yourself while being in the sun. You can wear hats, sunglasses, SPF lotions, and UPF clothing can shield both UVA and UVB rays.

Perhaps the best solution is some of each.  As with most things, take the sun in moderation!

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