September is the UK’s last chance of obtaining the UVB rays from the sun. We need these rays in order to create vitamin D in our skin. If our stores are good, we can fight many of the viruses and bacteria that come with the cooler weather of autumn and winter.
After September, the sun doesn’t rise high enough in the sky for the UVB rays to hit Earth in this part of the world and these are the rays that are needed in order to create vitamin D in our skin. This very important vitamin is associated with the health of many of the body’s systems but immunity being so vital to our existence, is at the top of the list. It is also beneficial to our mood – some believe that it is the effect of the UVB rays that help the condition Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and depression.
So, when the sun’s out and at a time when your shadow is the same length or shorter than you are tall, strip off and soak it up. Don’t use sunscreen but don’t burn. Stay in the sun for just enough time to “pink” your skin. This may mean ten minutes a side for the fair-skinned or thirty minutes or more for the dark-skinned.