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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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    Everything in moderation. Thank you for this blog!
    93 days ago
    93 days ago
    These tips are very true and instructive. While growing up in Iowa, we knew nothing about the importance of sunscreen. So, we tended to sunburn often every Spring through Fall.

    Do you remember the Charlie Brown comics? Particularly the ones when he and Linus are sitting out in the hot sun waiting for a breeze to come along to cool them off? That's how we were. emoticon

    I've learned a lot since then, especially since my own mother has had a run-in with skin cancer over the last few years. Thankfully, it was caught quickly enough. As a consequence, I know what to look for both for myself and for my husband. As for our children, all we can do is pass on the warnings. Children never listen to their parents.

    93 days ago
    emoticon ... like everything ... ya gotta find balance.
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    Thank you for sharing the great information emoticon
    93 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Well, you know someone now. My favorite days are cloudy, with temps between 30 degrees F and 50 degrees F. I can't explain it, I've loved those days since I can remember! emoticon Meanwhile, I do go outside when it's sunny, with protection. Some sort of metabolic change took place with me when I was 18; that summer and since, I develop a rash whenever I'm exposed to sunlight for too long without sunblock. Your tips are great-as long as I follow them, I have no trouble; thank you! emoticon
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    I love living in a sunbelt state, but I don't love what it has done to my skin over the years. emoticon
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    My favorite time in the sun is during the winter. I love walking all bundled up but feeling the sun on my face! Sometimes I'll just go sit outside in the back yard for a few minutes just to soak up that Vitamin D!
    93 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    93 days ago
    I love the sun, but am a sensible worshipper, watching how long, using high factor cream and plenty of after-sun too!
    93 days ago
    Vitamin D is especially important now with COVID-19. Studies are showing that a lack of sufficient vitamin D is an added risk.
    93 days ago
    The sun is like a sister....loved! emoticon
    93 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Great information Jan. I never could do the sun very much, even as a kid. I am with very fair skin and have stayed out of the sun for most of my life. I do my gardening in the shade (thank you 60 year old maple) who shades our yard at different times of the day. Where it goes I go and work in the garden there. Now I won't say I have never been in the sun, because there have been times that I have. My face gets beet red in no time. Now I take a blood pressure medicine that definitely adds to my risk in the sun. So I stay as protected as I can. I must say I do enjoy the look of a sunny day, especially here in Michigan we get so many grey days during the winter and spring. So Mr. Sunshine is okay in my book anytime. emoticon
    93 days ago
    Good advice
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    Jan I agree with you! Sunshine is precious (Particularly here in Oregon) and lifts our souls. However we do have to take precautions, wearing sunscreen and covering our bodies.
    93 days ago
    Great advice Jan!
    I have never been a sun worshiper, just not my thing. I like being out in the sun but I do protect my skin as much as possible. We had a lady here in town that was a sun worshiper, she had skin that looked like old leather. That was before they started telling people to wear sunscreen and it was way too late for her any way.
    I hope everyone on here takes the precautions that you pointed out, you can't erase the damage that the sun can do to your skin, so please protect it when you are out!!

    HUGS and LOVE ---Sis
    93 days ago
    great charts! I try to stay out of the sun and wear longer sleeves if I am in it.

    93 days ago
    I used baby oil, lived at the beach or pool, got one sunburn and don't look like a raisin. Don't even look my age. Genes, as well as sun, are involved here.
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    93 days ago
    Great info!

    Since I moved to the SW, in 1998, I have learned it IS so important to stay protected! I never go out side with a total block. I put olive oil in my sinuses with a little water, & wear a face mask, in the wind. NOW of course, always. The sunscreen helps me with wrinkles from the drying nature of the masks. I reapply it every 2 hours. I wear long sleeves, even when it is 115, here. I am fair skinned, too. Growing up in a marionette theater, I never really went out side to the beach, etc. on weekends, I was always performing. I guess that helped me as a child-teenager. Being pro active with our health is a lifetime activity, right?
    93 days ago
    I love sunny days! I’d like all days to be sunny with rain occurring at night! *Sigh*. If only. emoticon emoticon
    93 days ago
    Thank you for your comments about the bad as well as the good qualities of sunshine. My DH had melanoma on his face about 15 years ago. Fortunately it has not recurred. My Nephew who is fair skinned has also had several surgeries removing spots and glands where it had spread. We almost lost him but so far so good. Be sure to follow the guidelines about sunshine.
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    93 days ago
    What a great blog. I really like your memes!
    I am in Montana right now and it has been raining non-stop for several days. Walking (marching) in place has become a really hard exercise now. Sooooo boring! Can't wait for that sunshine!
    As others have said I spent my youth lathered up in oil in the sun and 50 years later I don't quite look like a prune or raisin but have my fair share of skin damage. Floppy hats and sunscreen dominate my life.
    Keep up the great blogs!!
    93 days ago
  • DEE797
    Thanks for a timely blog. A lot of good information about Vitamin D and sunshine. I love the sun, but have been cautious as I have gotten older. I was one who used baby oil to get that deep, dark tan as a teenager.
    93 days ago
  • JILLIAN0216
    I love the sun and some vitamin D. I am very pale skinned so I have to be careful. I normally am in and high sun times during the day. I protect myself other times.
    93 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    Thanks for educating everyone on the benefits of the sun and the precautions we need to know....I do look forward to spending time in the sun today when the clouds go away. You rock 2B
    93 days ago
    I am fair skinned so I sunburn easily. I have always protected myself when outdoors. Great tips and reminders. emoticon emoticon
    93 days ago
    Definitely!!! Great advice. We do need the Vit. D. from the sun. You get exposure for 10 minutes, THEN PUT ON THE SUNSCREEN and keep it on. Even on cloudy days.

    Here's to skin health. It's important we take good care of the largest organ of our body!

    93 days ago
    Yes, it is bright and sunny but we wouldn't mind a rainy day to help put out all the wildfires. Hot dry winds are keeping the fires fueled. Sun protection is vital here and your reminders are timely. Thank you.
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    Great info. I'm a fair skin red head and I've had every kind of skin cancer. When I was a kid we played outside all the time and never heard of sun screen. Now I wear sun screen when I go outside and have a big floppy hat... very sun aware. I see the dermatologist for skin checks twice a year. I do enjoy the sunshine, though carefully. emoticon
    93 days ago
  • no profile photo IDAEVE
    Thanks for the message. emoticon
    93 days ago
    We are having rain for the last few days! I miss the sun! I wear sunscreen and hats whenever I am out in the sun for any length of time. I burn easily and had a scare with skin cancer years ago. Luckily I didn't have it.
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  • JULIEA7201
    Like with anything moderation is key and individuals differ. I definitley want to soak up the benefits. Living in the southwest desert definitle not midday in the summer though!!
    93 days ago
    Lovely blog. Thank you for sharing. There is some awesome and very important information here. As a retired nurse, I saw my share of what the sun can do to your skin over time. It's good to remind people what should and shouldn't be done to avoid the effects of the sun. All things in moderation, just like our diet. WooHoo!!


    93 days ago
    My daughter is a nurse practitioner in a dermatology office. She sees and treats lots of cancers, re-cancers, acnes, warts, and so on. Last week I had 6 precancerous spots frozen (not by her). I was a kid who used baby oil to bring on and enhance the sun to get a good tan. I blistered more than once and have tons of moles. Now I pay the price for the damage done before age 20. I am good about sunscreen now! Grandsons love to put the white stuff on their faces. It's "War paint!" They are also good about letting e spray the rest of their exposed bodies and they wear the treated swim clothes for safety, too. Great info!! Let's keep spreading that word!
    93 days ago
    Yup....sun is good & bad for sure! I tend to be out in the sun a lot. Winter & summer! And I love turning brown! I am NO sun bather though....hate just lying in the sun!
    I get a tan because I am outside a lot working in the garden....shoveling snow....mowing grass...and so on!

    BUT.....at 71.....I have ended up with a face *like a raisin* as you doctor says. emoticon Luckily I have had no skin cancer....
    I prefer sun to Vit D tablets despite the risks.
    And I am healthy as a horse emoticon
    93 days ago
    Great tips for getting some sunshine. I love the morning sun and enjoy walks or hikes in the early morning sunshine.
    93 days ago
    I love this blog, it is a great reminder of steps to take. Thanks for sharing!

    This morning it is raining. We already have 1/2 inch. I hope the sun will come out soon. emoticon
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