The goods and bads of the Sun

Author: FITivate | Published date: July 8, 2021 | Category: Medical

The benefits

- Mood Enhancer

Encourage the release of mood enhancing hormone - Serotonin

- Vitamin D

Helps to boost Vitamin D production, which is essential for bone health

- Skin Conditions

May help to improve skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, and acne

WHO has advised on getting 5-15 minutes of sunlight on the hands, arms and face, 2 to 3 times weekly (without sunblock) 1

Negative effects of overexposure

- Eyes

Long term exposure can damage the retina and UV light causes development of cataracts

- Sunburn

Clusters of red blisters caused by sweat trapped under skin.

- Heat Stroke

Heat exhaustion from over exposure, leading to seizures, loss of consciousness and weakness

- Skin Cancer

Long term exposure damages the skin, especially susceptible to older people.

- Sun-exposed aging

Elasticity of the skin decreases, making skin appear wrinkled.

Be advised

-When carrying out prolonged activities under the sun, apply sunscreen and wear covered clothings with headwear.

- Keep constantly hydrated, drink up even when not feeling the thirst


https://www.who.int/uv/faq/uvhealtfac/1. en/index1.html

By : Alvin Ho

B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)



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