Dr. Jim Martin 05/24/2016

Diverse-friends-meal.pngUV exposure isn't entirely a bad thing. Sure, overexposure might lead to sunburn or skin cancer, but UV in small amounts is good and essential for the human body. 15 minutes of sun three times per week is plenty to experience UV's many benefits. Following are the top five benefits.

By The Light Of Smiles

UV exposure potentially makes you happy and helps to regulate your moods. UV presents in sunlight stimulates your pineal gland. Your pineal gland, also known as the third eye, is at the center of your brain, just above and between your eyes. It produces the sleep hormone melatonin and several mood chemicals called tryptamines. Tryptamines make you feel good and give you a sense of well being.

Skin-Deep Beauty

Although dreaded for its cancer-causing power, intermittent exposure to UV in small amounts can also heal ailing skin. Doctors use UV to treat the skin condition psoriasis. When skin sheds its cells too quickly, scaly and itchy patches form. UV exposure:

  • Slows the growth rate of skin cells
  • Slows the rate of shedding
  • Reduces the intensity and appearance of psoriasis conditions

D-lightful, D-licious, D-lovely

Your body requires the sun's UV in order to produce vitamin D. This unsung hero-vitamin helps your body:

  • Absorb calcium from food
  • Develop and strengthen bones
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Bolster your immune system
  • Produce healthy blood cells

Vitamin D also helps all your body's cells to differentiate. Cell differentiation is when a generic cell transforms into a specialized cell that performs a very unique function. Research suggests that healthy cell differentiation might reduce the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer.

The Skinny About UV

UV possibly helps the body maintain healthy blood insulin levels. Your body achieves this with the assistance of the vitamin D it produces from contact with sunlight UV.

Recent research links low vitamin D with insulin resistance. Healthy vitamin D levels from adequate UV exposure may prevent certain instances of adult-onset or Type 2 diabetes. Healthy blood insulin levels are also essential to weight management.

Happy, Healthy Balance

During your 15 minutes of fame in the sun, be sure to wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats. In the meantime, download and explore this free infographic on the dangers of UV exposure.

For more information on protecting your eyes from UV damage, contact Broome Optical. Our eye doctors can address your concerns and questions while suggesting UV-protective eye wear.

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