Sunlight plays a major role in our wellbeing and health. It keeps us warm and triggers the production of serotonin which influences how we feel the whole day. Sunlight is also required for the production of vitamin D, which helps regulate the amount of phosphate and calcium in the human body. Both are required for our teeth and bones.
However, overexposure to sunlight can cause skin cancer and other similar diseases. Experts think that three out of five cases of cancer are preventable because UV damage is avoidable. In a building where a sustainable and healthy environment matters, having a Parans solar collector can be of great help.
The Effects of Sunlight
What are the dangers of overexposure to the sun? An immediate danger is a sunburn. If our skin is exposed to the sun for hours, blood vessels and cells will be damaged. With repeated sun damage, the skin will start to look wrinkled, leathery, discoloured and dry. Another danger is cancer. Health experts believe that most skin cancers are caused by excessive exposure to UV rays. We’ve been taught that sunlight is needed by the body to produce vitamin D. However, various foods are now fortified with vitamin D, which means sun exposure is not compulsory for the body to properly function.
How to Protect Yourself?
An obvious way is to limit our exposure to UV light. This is particularly important from 10 am to 5 pm when ultraviolet light is at its peak. The skin should also be protected with adequate clothing. When out in the sun, one should wear long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, and pants. Appropriate gloves are also very protective. In addition, we should use sunscreen regularly, even when sunlight isn’t abundant. It’s important to remember that sunscreen is only a filter, meaning this cannot block all UV rays, so it’s important to use a high factor one. UV-blocking sunglasses can also be worn to protect the delicate skin around the eyes.