Sunlight can boost your immune system, relieve pain and improve your mood. However, its doses should be controlled to avoid risks and truly take advantage of its properties.
By Dubby Alvarado Charris, dermatologist with Coomeva Medicina Prepagada.
Solar radiation can provide great benefits to our health. Sunbathing, also known as heliotherapy, integrates a treatment that regulates hormone secretion, stimulates blood circulation and inhibits the development of germs.
In small and moderate doses, with an average duration of ten minutes, ultraviolet rays can provide different benefits to the human body. However, if they are not controlled, there may be negative consequences such as skin cancer or premature aging.
“Sunbaths have been used for many years to improve people’s health. That does not mean that you should lie all day in the sun. It’s about really exploiting the properties of sunlight”, dermatologist Dubby Alvarado Charris told us.
This therapy can be done anywhere, preferably on days where the weather is warm and dry. You should wear sunscreen, in case the radiation is too strong.
Sunbathing can be done at any age. For older people, the benefits are greater, because it invigorates the body, which stimulates its defense mechanisms and significantly improves all circulatory alterations.
For pregnant women, this therapy is also very productive, as it provides several vitamins, including Vitamin D, which helps regulate the binding of calcium and phosphorus in the fetus, vital for the formation of bones.
“This treatment improves the health and quality of life of people, but it is not to be carried out between 11 am and 2 pm” explains Dubbis Alvarado Charris.
The main benefits of sunlight
- PREVENTS kidney and urinary disease
By activating your blood circulation, the sun improves your kidney functions and stimulates the elimination of liquids. By acting on the assimilation of minerals, sunlight can prevent the recurrence of kidney stones.
- Has an Antibacterial Action
Many bacteria lose their ability to reproduce when exposed to ultraviolet radiation, as a result of which they lose their vitality and die. When we expose ourselves to the sun, this anti-bacterial action occurs directly on the skin. Moreover, there is an indirect antibiotic effect as sunlight increases the amount of immune cells in the blood.
- It is an Antidepressant
Sunlight is essential in regulating the secretion of hormones and neurotransmitters. When sunlight is scarce, the chances of suffering from depression are much higher, and even mood disorders can occur.
- It has a natural anti-inflammatory action
Sunlight stimulates blood circulation and nerve endings in the skin, producing an analgesic effect. Sunrays can cure muscle pains due to spasms or bruises, and superficial inflammations.
- An antidote to certain skin conditions
Heliotherapy could yield benefits for certain kinds of acne and skin impurities. In other more complex diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, or non-scarring wounds, it is often prescribed as a complementary treatment under medical supervision.