Sunshine Bring It On!!!

Enough with the rain, the clouds, and the fog bring on the sunshine!!!  We are all well aware of the benefits of sunshine for our gardens but what about ourselves?

Yes over exposure to the sun is not healthy but let us not overstate that issue at the risk of missing out on some of the benefits of sunshine.  Lately the weather has been as gloomy as an economic forecast with a wet blanket being tossed over all outdoor activity.  Now get ready for some sunshine, forecasters expect the sun will be out on Wednesday!!!

Moderate sun exposure can do you a world of good; the UV rays boost the heart rate, pumping more blood to the vital organs and more oxygen to the body tissues, much like exercise.  It is said that sunshine will lower cholesterol by converting it to vitamin D and lowers blood glucose thereby helping to fight diabetes.

On a sunny day your brain also secretes more endorphins that give the body a feeling of wellbeing, and this lifts your spirits. Your mood also becomes enhanced due to the increase in vitamin D.

Now any man can tell you about the benefits of seeing bikini clad sunbathers but there is more to the story for woman.  Scientists at Reading University claim that up to 80 per cent of women suffering from PMS have low calcium levels. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and relieve PMS symptoms.  Hence, that time in the bikini is beneficial for their health.  Bring on the sun

The concern for men is that blood pressure may rise looking at a bevy of bathing beauties but sunshine can also take care of those concerns.  Research published in the American Journal of Physiology found that UV radiation reduced blood pressure in up to 70 per cent of sufferers.  As the body tries to cool down during sunny days, it increases blood flow to the skin and raises the flow of blood from the heart.

The forecast for Wednesday calls for an appearance of Mr. Sun with the beneficial rays beaming down upon us.  The wait has been too long so for your health take some time to gather in some sunshine.

Grab a towel, put on your bathing suit, and head outside for some beneficial sunshine.  Bring a good book to read as you soak up the bennies and enjoy the rays, by dinner time you will be happier and healthier.

Mr. Sun

ALWAYS use sun cream that screens out harmful UVA and UVB rays

Re-apply waterproof sunscreen every 40 minutes.

Use sun block on sensitive areas such as your lips, nose and ears.

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