Full spectrum sun and its vital health benefits

UV rays produce Vitamin D

listening to the sea in a shellUV rays stimulate the skin to produce Vitamin D, also called the wonder vitamin. If you have sufficient levels of vitamin D you are significantly better protected against a whole host of diseases such as colon, prostate, breast and lung cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, obesity, Alzheimer’s, diabetes I and II, weak immune system and various eye conditions. Survival rates of many of the above conditions are also significantly boosted as long as you have adequate vitamin D levels.

Additionally, when sunshine in the UV-B spectrum strikes the skin, it synthesises cholesterol into vitamin D thereby reducing cholesterol levels. On a sunny summer day the average body can synthesize 10,000 iu of Vitamin D from the UV-B after just 20 minutes of sunlight.

Infrared rays detoxes and soothes joints and muscles

A relaxing back massageThe infrared spectrum is invisible to the human eye, however we feel them since these are the solar rays that heat us and warms the planet. These rays have many benefits to us such as the soothing of joint pains, stiffness, rheumatism and muscle aches. Additional benefits include the detoxification of heavy metals and organic chemicals stored in fat cells, acceleration of the breakdown of fat, assists with weight loss and increases metabolism, helps to lower blood pressure, increase male sexual function, boosts the immune system and promotes skin tone, elasticity, pore cleansing and healing of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Sufferers from conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis can testify how much better they feel after sunbathing.

Full spectrum visible light helps against SAD

Girl in a straw hat under the Real SunlightThe solar rays between the UV and IR spectrum are the rays which provide us with light and enable us to see. During a sunny summer day, light intensity is around 100,000 Lux. In the winter, especially on cloudy days it is only a fraction of that causing seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a medical condition similar to depression. For light therapy to be effective a light intensity in excess of 4500 Lux is nowadays believed to be required. Sunlight also energises us by conditioning our pineal glands to block melatonin, the body’s own sleep hormone. Our sun generates in the region of 15,000 to 20,000 Lux.


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