A growing number of experts support the positive health effects of sunlight itself, with the implication that perhaps current sun exposure guidelines may be too rigid or even harmful. When sunlight as a whole is demonized, we at Skinergies believe in photoadaptation and narrow down to incidental sun exposure, that we should worry about.
Regular, reasonable and unprotected (ie without sunscreen) exposure to sunlight has many health benefits, starting with vitamin D synthesis and melanin stimulation, and could represent lower risks of developing skin cancer. Unusual and controversial? Maybe, but it is not us at Skinergies saying it, it’s SCIENTISTS.
Vitamin D deficiency affects nearly 85% of people during winter months. Recently, researchers have found mushrooms to be an excellent source of vitamin D2, as they absorb and retain the sunshine vitamin after exposure to the sun. While it won’t dramatically change your mood or contribute to stronger and healthier bones, eating more mushrooms could be a great vitamin D food supplement and just what you need to get you through winter.
Somewhere in the ballpark of 10 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), also commonly called winter blues. Those who experience S.A.D. are. . . well. . . sad. And you can paint the sadness on a spectrum — from mild malaise to severe depression. For those who live north of a virtual line going from DC to San Jose, winter blues is a real thing.