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Work With the Sun to Protect Health

By Tom Herrin

Spending time in the sun is a natural thing to do for many people, so so much so that people often fail to consider the effects of too much unprotected exposure.  Simply assuming that being in the sun is no big deal can prove to be harmful in several ways. If people will simply take some good precautions, they can be safe and enjoy those rays much more.  When they fail to do that, the consequences can be disastrous. A little education and planning can make all the difference.

Wear the Right Clothes

Fortunately for those who work in jobs in which they are in the sun much of the day, many of those companies provide clothing that is high tech in their design for maximum protection.  For those who are not afforded the benefits of that, they must make choices for themselves. Long sleeves are needed in many cases while dark colors apparently provide more UV protection.  Drier clothing can mean more protection as well. Lighter and looser clothing is comfortable but not always best for every occasion.

Choose the Right Sunscreen

With today’s technology, sunscreens have come a long way.  People have all kinds of needs depending on their age and skin type.  Some people require a high degree of protection, such as a SPF 50, while others do quite well with something like a 15.  Whichever they choose, they need to apply it frequently during midday hours and exercise good judgment. Whether it is winter or summer, people who spend a lot of time in the sun should take precautions.  It can be critical in protecting them from problems such as skin cancers.

Remember Sunglasses

At one time, sunglasses were more for style than for protection.  Today’s sunglasses offer protection as safety glasses as well as UV protection.  We need some sunlight to receive some vitamins from the sun, but excessive UV rays can be harmful in many ways.  Damage to the eyes can include the potential of contributing to development of cataracts. Many people also suffer from effects of glare that can be a problem as a result of sunlight.  A good pair of sunglasses can now be purchased for as low as $10, sometimes less. Making those good choices can prove to be a huge savings to health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goleta, Calif.


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