Sun Health

Good morning, everyone! Dr. Glen here with your Monday morning motivation. As we welcome another beautiful summer here in the Nano, it’s important to remember that with the sun and heat comes the risk of skin damage and, more seriously, skin cancer.

Be Sun Smart

While we all enjoy the warmer months, it’s crucial to remember the potential harm that can come from overexposure to the sun’s rays. It’s time to think about sun safety and take preventative measures.

The Sunscreen Controversy

You might be surprised to hear that I have some concerns about sunscreen. Research from the early 90s showed a strong correlation between increased use of sunscreen and increased incidence of melanoma, as well as sunburn. While this was correlational back then, recent studies suggest that many sunscreens can be toxic to us, increasing free radicals in the skin and altering our body’s hormonal functions.

A Different Approach

So, what’s the solution? In our family, we follow two general approaches:

  1. Avoid the sun: This doesn’t mean hiding indoors all summer but being smart about sun exposure. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. If you do need to be outside during these peak times, wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeve lightweight shirts, and light-colored clothing.
  2. Boost our health: By keeping our bodies healthy, we can better fight off the damaging effects of the sun. This includes consuming foods rich in Omega-3s (like fish) and antioxidants (found in fruits and vegetables).

Stay Protected, Stay Healthy

In conclusion, as we embrace the joys of summer, let’s remember to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the harmful effects of the sun. By being sun smart and keeping our bodies healthy, we can enjoy the sunshine without putting our health at risk.

As always, I’m here for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out. Stay safe, stay healthy, and see you next Monday morning!