During the spring and the summer, people tend to go to the Beach or the pool. It is time to relax and enjoy the sunlight, especially in Spain, where the climate invites it. In addition, sunbathing has important benefits for the Health, such as increasing levels of vitamin D.
In recent years it seems that the detriments to the benefits of sunbathing are imposed. However, we must bear in mind that receiving ultraviolet rays from the sun is only negative without taking our body to prolonged exposure.
It is more, since ‘Sanitas’ They ensure that the sun is essential for life and consequently also for the human body. In this sense, the benefits of sunbathing are innumerable. But you also have to take into account the risks involved in sunbathing excessively.
Vitamin D and other benefits of sunbathing in summer
Summer is the time of year when the sun makes an appearance most strongly. During the day, in Spain, we enjoy more hours of sunshine and temperatures rise considerably between 35 and 42 degrees.
Thus, we must be calm, because sunbathing in its proper measure is not only beneficial, but is also necessary. Especially since ultraviolet rays help to increase the levels of vitamin D in the body.
In addition to vitamin D, here are some health benefits of sunbathing:
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Helps lower blood cholesterol.
- Increases the immune response of the body.
- Improves muscle response.
- Limits the incidence of respiratory infections.
- Improves resistance in tolerance tests.
- Stimulates nerve endings.
- Improves breathing and especially in people with asthma.
- Increases hemoglobin in the blood.
How long is it healthy to sunbathe
Experts recommend sunbathing for 20 to 30 minutes a day to increase vitamin D levels in the body. Therefore, we should expose ourselves to ultraviolet rays for a maximum of half an hour a day, to generate those positive effects mentioned above.
No need to tan in the sun for hours. And is that many people tend to sunbathe for a long period of time, continuously and even without protection. It is there when the problems arise and the damage to health originates.
One of the main benefits in this time of the pandemic is the increase in vitamin D, an essential micronutrient for health and which has been shown to have a certain protective effect against Covid-19.
However, prolonged exposure to the sun and without the correct protection can cause different health problems for people. Some of them are extremely serious, so it is something that we must control when we go to the beach or the pool:
- Skin cancer and other types of skin conditions.
- First and second degree burns.
- Appearance of erythema (redness of the skin that precedes the burn)
- Cataracts and other types of sight-related disorders.
- Premature aging of the skin.
Thus, to sunbathe correctly and increase vitamin D levels, it is not necessary to spend hours exposed to ultraviolet rays. In addition, using the appropriate protection will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of this natural source and avoid the possible risks of prolonged exposure.