Yes, that is correct, regular exposure to the sun IS Healthy and critical to numerous functions related to our general health and well being! What constitutes safe exposure? Safe exposure is enough time to turn the skin light pink without resulting in a burn. While exposure to sunlight is the number one way to maximize our vitamin D production, it has many other far reaching benefits. In his landmark paper, "The Effects of Light on the Human Body", Richard Wurtman does an excellent job describing the numerous physiological and biochemical responses generated by exposure to sunlight. Another excellent resource can be found in the April June issue of the journal Dermato-Endocrinology and is titled, “Beneficial effects of UV radiation other than via vitamin D production".
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