Sun Awareness

Sun Awareness. Both overexposure and underexposure can cause damage
Sun awareness at Optimal Health

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Sun Awareness

We know that overexposure to the sun’s rays can contribute to melanoma – a deadly type of skin cancer. Fewer people think about the effects of underexposure to the sun and therefore vitamin D.

Overexposure to the Sun

It is well established that overexposure to the sun’s rays can cause damage to the skin’s cellular DNA and produce genetic mutations that contribute to melanoma – a deadly type of skin cancer. The World Health Organisation has identified UV rays as a proven human carcinogen. 

Underexposure to the Sun

However, underexposure to the sun and therefore vitamin D can also wreak havoc in the body. Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common in the U.K. and contributes to osteoporosis, autoimmunity, recurrent infections, low mood, hormone imbalances, high cholesterol, and more.

A balanced and healthy approach

With this in mind, it is important to take a balanced approach to sun exposure. Not too little, not too much. If you are going to be spending prolonged amounts of time in the sun, remember to cover up: utilise shade and wear a hat, scarf, and long sleeves. 

We recommend avoiding harsh chemical-based sunscreens and instead opting for a natural barrier protective sunscreen such as one made with zinc oxide.

How Optimal Health Can Help

If you are concerned about any damaging effects of overexposure or underexposure to the Sun we recommend starting with an Initial Health Consultation for new patients. We connect via Zoom, listen clearly to your health concerns and priorities, ensure our philosophy meets your needs, and recommend the starting point for an Optimal Health Treatment Pathway ©

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