Today, I took a stroll around our home and got this photo of a Golden Silk Orb-weaver spider in this morning’s sunshine. The sun is nice and warm today, it is just the right temperature for sunbathing. In Jamaica, we call sunbathing or just sitting out in the sun – “warming sun”. Sunbathing is beneficial, and being out in the sun for approximately 10 – 20 minutes each day is necessary since we need this exposure to sunlight for its vitamin D-boosting benefits. Sunshine will increase your energy, mood, libido, and immune system.
I read that while the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. have been given as the times to avoid being in the sun, 12:00 noon is actually the best time to sunbathe. New research states that “… while avoiding the sun at mid-day will decrease your risk of painful sunburn, it will actually increase your cancer risk.” To avoid the risk of getting cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM), the best time of sun exposure is noon. Read the reasons why here.“Warming sun” i.e. exposure to the sun is necessary since sunshine enables our bodies to make the hormone called vitamin D. This sunshine vitamin, or vitamin D is needed to protect against diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and breast, prostate, and colon cancers.
Vitamin D also protects against depression, insomnia, and skin irritations such as acne, rashes, eczema, and athlete’s foot. Exposure to sunshine also helps balance/regulate the production of hormones, breaks down toxins, and increases circulation.