I know you don’t know this. Well probably don’t at least. You eat sunshine. It is sunshine that directly or indirectly powers the energy needs of all living things. Starting with plants that use it to make chlorophyll. The rest of you eat some derivative of this plant as you move up the food chain. Growing up, my mother always told me to go out and play. It was probably the best advice she could have given.

Besides playing an active role on your dinner plate, sunshine has other benefits. The sun gives out UVA radiation. This penetrates deep into your skin turning your crispy brown if you are not already. Medical experts have fretted about the possible dangers of this sunshine causing cancer. However, WHO reports that only 0.1% of the total disability adjusted life years is potentially caused by sunshine related cancer. In contrast, a lack of sufficient Vitamin D can lead to debilitating diseases. Vitamin D, unlike other vitamins can only be synthesised through photosynthesis. Baking yourself in the sun in common parlance. Low Vitamin D is recognised to cause osteoporosis, auto-immune diseases, affect metabolic functions, bone mineralization and neuromuscular transmission. It also reduces the sunshine in your personality. Or not.

In the Journal of Human Evolution, anthropologists wrote that people with dark skin needed 4-5 times as much exposure to sunshine for Vitamin D synthesis. Mankind turned light skinned as they moved to higher latitudes. So much for supposedly being fair and lovely. All they were trying to do was survive by getting enough sunshine. This included reducing the risks of rickets and tuberculosis.

A large part of humanity is stuck indoors. Playing video games or some version, thereof. When we leave our nest, we protect ourselves by slapping on sunscreen. Chances are you just multiplied the risk of the onset of several diseases. Listen to my mother – go out and play in the sun.

2 thoughts on “Sunshine

  • December 24, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Problem becomes for brown people like me in places like New York where someone who works 8-5 has no chance of getting any sunlight for winter months due to shorter days and layers of jackets.

    Is your body able to absorb the vitamin D found in milk and supplements?

    -Mehul Photographer

    Sent from my iPhone


  • December 24, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Research says that the only way to get Vitamin D is from sunshine. Fortified food does not achieve the same thing. Perhaps you could have your fortified milk at lunch in the Sun, instead of in the cafeteria. Vitamin D deficiency is one of the leading causes of ailments among most adults globally now. Better to get some sunshine, what ever your lifestyle.

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