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Sunshine Is Good--In Moderation

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Who doesn't love sunshine? ..Know anyone who wakes up and says: "Oh NO .... SUNSHINE AGAIN!"... (not me) Nothing like a flood of warm rays to comfort and bring a natural mood lifter to the soul.

Years ago, I had a great experience of working alongside a well known dermatologist as his assistant. He performed in-office surgeries, removing skin growths, lesions, cysts, and sometimes they were malignant. Those with over exposure to the sun posed the greatest risk.

As he removed these growths for biopsy, I heard his daily spiel about staying out of the sun; even had a large poster of a big raisin on the wall. It read: "If you want your face to look a raisin like stay out in the sun!" Listening to him and seeing so much severe skin damage and prematurely aged skin due to overexposure to sun was quite an eye opener.

I grew up in California--hot and always sunny in summer. I had a very good friend who was a sun worshipper. I begged her to stop that habit as her skin looked like leather. She heard me but did not take heed. Years later, she had plastic surgery, but it won't do any good for skin that is ruined by excess sun.

Ok, that's the 'down side.' Even this fine dermatologist, did like to go fishing and hunting (outdoors where there was actual sunshine) ...... But he protected himself and instructed his patients about the many ways they could protect their skin while in the sun.

Happily, there are many healthful perks of sunshine ... but in moderation.
I love getting outside especially in the earlier part of the morning to watch the day come alive.
A mere twenty minutes a day provides the Vitamin D I need!

Here are Eight ways sunshine benefits the body.

Reduces your risk of the flu. {who knew}
Reduces your risk of Cancer.
Reduces chronic muscle aches.
Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Reduces your risk of depression.
Reduced your risk of developing diabetes.
Reduces getting autoimmune disease.
Reduces your risk of Osteoporosis.

As we practice the tips for precaution, we enjoy the outdoors and not
feel we must hibernate year around. ( be sure to hydrate and drink plenty of water)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you day is sunny and bright!
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  • JUDITH316
    Great Blog, thank you for sharing.. emoticon
    310 days ago
    Moderate sun exposure is good, but I agree with you -- too much sun is not a good thing. I see people who look much older than what they are because of excessive outdoor time with no protection. Great post!
    332 days ago
    I stopped wearing sun screen because it made me burn faster and allot worse. Now it takes longer to burn without sun screen and not painful like before and I was using the highest ones and blockers too.
    347 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Thanks for sharing all of the good info! I do like sunny days, but after getting sun poisoning in Florida after spending the day at Sea World when I was in college, I stay out of the sun as much as I can. I am fair skinned and burn easily too. So you can usually find me in the shade - plus it's cooler there, too! emoticon It always amazed me that many people I knew would "oil themselves up". I always joked that if I did that, I'd turn into a french fry! emoticon
    349 days ago
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    349 days ago
    I agree, I love the sun too... BUT not hours of it, LOL Good reminder for everyone. I love the new spray on sun screens, so handy! emoticon
    349 days ago
    Thanks for the blog. I have had basal cell carcinoma several times on face and legs.
    Best Wishes!
    349 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for sharing
    350 days ago
  • MANGO1960
    Thank you for the great reminder! emoticon
    350 days ago
    351 days ago
    emoticon I like the sunshine but not the heat emoticon so mornings are also my time to take in the sunshine vitamin
    351 days ago
    I've had stage 1 malignant skin cancer on my arm. I think I got it from sun coming into the car windows. Because if I'm out in the sun more than 20 min, which I'm usually not, I use the sunscreen.
    We drive to lots of places that take an hour or so to get there. Who knew?! Never thought about that sun baking on me through tinted glass would cause that.
    Beleive it or not- living in FL we love rainy cloudy days sometimes. Because of all the sun we have ALL THE TIME. Don't get me wrong, love sunny days too. But I like balance, not extremes. It makes it hotter too.
    I always appreciate your informative, interesting blogs. Have a good day. Stay healthy. emoticon
    351 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/2/2020 1:03:00 AM
    As the song goes: sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy emoticon
    351 days ago
    emoticon This is informative!
    351 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Thanks for the great reminder that I need to get outside more often and the tips on how to do so safely.
    352 days ago
  • LIS193
    Great information!
    Vitamin D is important
    352 days ago
  • UPTOIT59
    Loved your blog this morning. I am in the sun often for a hour or so at a time. I glob on the sunscreen and wear good sunglasses. I do need to wear a hat but find it annoying and that is keeps the heat in my head. It is a fine line. Have a great week, Jan. emoticon emoticon
    352 days ago
    I am one of those folks who is NOT a sun worshiper! But, the info you have re: Vit. D was an eyeopener. I was wondering why my body aches seem to be getting worse - I have let my guard down about Vitamin D. I'm on it! Thank you.
    352 days ago
  • GRAMMY065
    Thanks for the great info!😎
    352 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Yes, the sun can be dangerous and when I was growing up we used to lay out in the back yard trying to get that ever loving tan. We had so many burns that would hurt for days. We are so lucky we didn't end up with skin cancer. It's hard to get that message to sink in to people especially the young until it's sometimes too late. Good message and thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon
    352 days ago
  • no profile photo RACHNACH
    352 days ago
    Great blog. I do make sure I am out in the sunshine emoticon everyday for at least 20 minutes. I also take a Vit.D supplement 3x a week per my dr's advice......When I was younger I was out daily for hours with my kids and it was fine since we always used sunscreen and kept hydrated.....on hot day. Our pool is restricted to residents only this year, so unfortunately my family cannot come in.....So I am not enjoying it either at this point......We have sat out at my one daughters and the kids have a slip and slide and a smaller pool, so we enjoy watching them having fun like this. My younger daughter belongs to a pool in her area and so they enjoy that during member hours with safe precautions....
    SUNSHINE is great and does make a person feel happy on a pretty day, rather that a dreary day...lol......
    Enjoy the holiday and be safe
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    352 days ago
    thank you for all this info some I knew some I did not
    352 days ago
    Good blog post! I've had Vitamin D deficiency - no fun! Even my relatives in Sweden get outside at least 1/2 hour a day.
    352 days ago
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    352 days ago
    Good info. I was an out of step native Floridian teenager. Lying around on a beach towel cooking myself was too boring.
    352 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Thanks for the helpful hints about sun. I cringe with I see kids out trying to get their tan! As in most cases they over do it. Good article.
    352 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    Good advice. emoticon
    352 days ago
    good advice
    352 days ago
    Great info!
    352 days ago
    Thank you for these tips and so much more for the information. I am not a sun person mainly triggers headaches so I limit my exposure. Again wonderful, informative and beautiful written blog.
    352 days ago
  • AURA18
    emoticon 2B emoticon cool pictures emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Sunshine vitamin makes beautiful flowers and that's good enough for me!
    352 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/1/2020 3:00:01 AM
    Always a good reminder to keep a healthy balance. I'm like you in that I love the early morning, watching the world wake up.
    352 days ago
  • GRAMMY065
    Thanks for the great info!😎
    352 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Reducing chronic muscle aches is good enough for me. :)
    I tend to hide from the sun unless I am at the shore, but even then shade is like a magnet for me. Thanks for this informative blog.
    352 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Excellent with summer kicking into high gear now. I will tell you a experience from my past with the sun. My sister and I went out into the boat and were rowing around the bay side, where we had our cottage. Mom came out several times and mentioned you girls should think about heading in, we said we were fine, can't see any burn starting. We finally went in . The next morning we both looked lie two tomatoes, bright red . We couldn't wear clothes other than the short and top we had worn out on the lake that day. Dad ended up bringing mom back into town, as she needed to go back to work. He went and bought groceries and came back out to the lake--he was still on vacation. A couple days later we were able to set our butts into the car and we headed home. That was the last time we disobeyed our mother, and also our skin was taken very seriously, to not stay in the sun for any long period of time, and keep using sunscreen when out for any amount of time in the sun.
    352 days ago
    I did not know all the things the sun reduces thank you! I have very white skin and I have moles removed from when I was burnt as a child! I wear every high SPF now (70) My skin is far better than the sun worshippers.
    352 days ago
    Thanks for the good advice and information. I grew up in the sun on the beach of Lake Michigan. Now I am paying for it. It's important to make sure your children are protected from too much sun also. Good reminder Jan. Have a good week.
    352 days ago
  • no profile photo CD25620777
    Great advice!
    352 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    emoticon So Very Much-----LOVED your Blog! A Beautiful State to Grow Up In emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon GREAT Share emoticon
    352 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I have gone to a dermatologist for years. I get skin checks but not as often as when I lived in Florida. I always wore a hat in the pool and SPF 30. It is fun to be in the sun but can be dangerous as well.

    Great blog.
    352 days ago
  • JAMER123
    As a youth, I used to work in the fields daily. I didn't worry about the sun and it was something most didn't worry about then. Since, I don't care to be in the sun but get a good dose daily without sunscreen. A lot of it is under a tree for shade. It is a true there is terrible skin damage from the sun now with the ozone thinning.
    352 days ago
    Good advice. have sun screen in the car in the bathroom and notes remember my sun screen . Racey and I enjoy getting out early too. thanks for the great blog and reminders to be safe in the sunshine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon the best thing they have for a sun hat emoticon
    352 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10676776
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing! emoticon
    352 days ago
    Unfortunately, I was a sun worshiper and grew up in a time when the danger of sun exposure and the proper use of sunscreen was not stressed. I am paying for it now.

    Your blog is well done and I hope that people take it to heart. It is something we can control and we have to do it.

    352 days ago
    Thanks, Jan, for the box of sunshine! emoticon
    352 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    We didn't know any of this when I was growing up and we spent our summers in the sun! Lucky that we didn't end up with drastic skin problems!

    Now I get my sunshine in the Spring when the sun isn't that hot and take Vitamin D the rest of the year. Learning something new all the time. Thanks for the tips Jan, they're good ones!
    352 days ago
  • LSIG14
    I thrive in the sunshine emoticon but am very careful to always use sunscreen and try to take other precautions. I developed a super-sensitivity to sunlight when we were on Guam and cannot tolerate too much.
    352 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15653250
    Good advice. emoticon
    352 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    A little sunshine is definitely nice! I do get out in the summer and get a little color but try to limit it. A little vitamin d is good but not hours worth for sure!
    Enjoy your sunshine and your daily burst of vit d!
    352 days ago
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