Benefits of sunbathing (Article) health benefits vitamin D

Brief History.

The first recorded instances of sunbathing are to be found in ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, Babylon, Assyria, and Persia. The Egyptians, Babylonians, and Assyrians had their sun-gardens, and many of these people gave the sun the dignity of a god.
In the third century AD, sun worship, which at that time was called “Mithraism”, practically became the universal religion. The introduction of Christianity put an end to the widespread practice of sunbathing for nearly a thousand years, as the Christians of the time deemed sunbathing to be a “sin.”

The Romans used sunbaths in training their gladiators because it would strengthen and enlarge their muscles. The physicians of this time also considered the sun to be “the best food and medicine in the world”.

Rumors.

Sun bathing is a popular activity which has been under attack the past few years since the release of sun tan products, many press releases and articles in magazines expressing a negative view point regarding sun exposure. I tend to think that these rumors have come to surface due to the mass pr campaigns (public relations) of the major sun tan lotion companies trying to expand their market and turnover in their business.

Regardless of the rumors around the sun causing skin cancer which is a total myth as many studies have exposed the fraud in these rumors. In fact the people who use lotions and dont sunbath have a 3 times chance of getting skin cancer due to the health benefits of sun rays directly exposed to the skin tissue. There is also alot of research and articles showing that many sun tan lotions contain alot of toxins and heavy metals such as aluminum which react with the sunshine under the skin causing damage to the body.

The benefits of sunbathing.

Modern research on the remarkable health benefits of Vitamin D confirm that sunbathing is one of the most important health care practices available to us today.One of the oldest health care practices is heliotherapy or sunbathing. This ancient healing practice has been used for thousands of years to keep people in high states of health and to fight common illnesses by boosting immunity.

Tanning beds.

Every person interested in developing a tan via indoor tanning needs to have a full understanding of tanning bed dangers so they can make educated and safe choices. For example, most tanning beds release very high and dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation, which has been shown through massive testing to cause premature aging while increasing the risk of skin cancer.

Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) states that UV solar radiation, and use of sun lamps and sun beds are “known to be a human carcinogen.” Some scientists have suggested recently that there may be an association between UVA radiation (the type of radiation that makes up most of the radiation in tanning beds) and malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Tips.

-Sensible (Thinking about the strength of the sun, duration spent sunbathing and breaks.
-Take breaks (You could go for a tip in the sea for 5 minutes or put a t-shirt on maybe roll over)
-Tanning beds and sun tan lotion have been shown to have negative health benefits please be careful
-look for herbal sun tan lotions as a healthy alternative to chemical products and make them at home
-Try to get in a pattern of sunbathing instead of staying indoors all year then going on holiday abroad
and laying out for hours in not a clever thing to do
-Do some research online but try to avoid online magazines or large blogs who may have advertising ties
to companies such as loreal and may not want to put out information on the dangers of their products
-Bookmark or store this article for later use

Sources.

-http://www.steadyhealth.com/about/what_are_the_benefits_of_sunbathing.html
-http://www.tanningbeddangers.net/
-http://www.tanninginfocenter.com/tanning-bed-dangers.html
-http://sunlightenment.com/heliotherapy-benefits-of-sunbathing/

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