Defeat Daylight by Springing Forward
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Defeat Daylight by Springing Forward

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How do you feel about losing an hour of sleep this weekend? Yeah, we’re not excited about it either.

On Sunday, March 14th, the clocks will move forward, but with good reason. Daylight Savings Time was designed to help maximize daylight hours in our daily schedules, so take advantage of the extra sunlight in your day. Even though sunscreen is recommended to protect our skin from excessive sunlight, a moderate amount of UV rays can be beneficial to our health.

Increases bone health
When the sun hits the skin it converts a naturally-occurring form of cholesterol into Vitamin D3 that promotes calcium absorption through the digestive system. Without good calcium uptake, the bones become weakened and are more prone to fractures. That is why it is beneficial especially for the elderly, to enjoy some time outside in the sun (taking precautions against overexposure).

Lowers blood pressure
A small messenger molecule called nitric oxide is released within skin that is exposed to sunlight. Increases of nitric oxide in the circulatory system have been shown to relax blood vessel tone, reducing blood pressure. This can help decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Helps relieve skin diseases
Even though know excessive exposure to the sun leads to skin cancer, moderate sunlight may help some skin disease. There have been studies where sunlight has helped with psoriasis and eczema. The UVB rays from the sun help slow down skin cell growth, which helps relieve scaling and inflammation on your skin.

In past civilizations the sun was praised by Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks for its healing powers. Even now, sunbathing is practiced by some yogis because of its natural remedies. Even though we would recommend to wear some SPF 15 as you tan by the beach, don’t be afraid to take at least 20 minutes to be kissed by the sun.