Sun Worship…. Is it good or bad?
For safe sun worship, it is important to protect your skin from overexposure to ultraviolet light. It is also necessary to get adequate sun exposure for your body to produce Vitamin D.
The sun produces three types of ultraviolet light, two of which are relevant to your health–UVA and UVB.
- UVA rays are responsible for deep skin wrinkling and melanoma (the most serious type of skin cancer).
- UVB rays can cause burning, basal cell carcinoma (the most common type of skin cancer), and eye cataracts. UVB rays are also helpful, because they react with cholesterol in the skin to produce vitamin D.
Vitamin D is a key nutrient for calcium regulation and healthy bones. Without adequate vitamin D, the body is susceptible to a variety of conditions, including osteoporosis, poor tooth development, thyroid disorders, cancer, depression, and infertility. Since Vitamin D is produced from sun exposure, it is recommended that you expose your face and hands to the sun for 10 to 20 minutes each day. In this time, roughly 400 IUs of vitamin D are produced in the body, equivalent to an adult’s daily requirement.