|Prehistoric humans full of sunshine|
With advance of human civilization human clothing has increased not just as a protection against the elements but also as a statement on life. The result is a reduced exposure of the human body to sunshine. With invention of large homes, apartment style living, motorized covered transportation this exposure has reduced even further. The result is that human bodies are not getting sufficient exposure to sunlight as required for the best possible health nature has destined for man and woman.
While all realize that plants cannot survive without sunshine, few realize that animals including humans too cannot. It is not just vitamin D that is produced through sunlight but a host of other hormonal and chemical changes are induced by sunshine not all yet discovered by modern science that is far too young for this sort of discovery. It is true that an excess of sunshine, especially in wrong weather can produce health problems, even cancer, which is true for an excess of any good thing, its deficiency on the other hand could lead to serious health problems ranging from depression to arthritis and a plethora of other conditions modern humans suffer from. It is for this reason, modern man has to depend on modern medicines that bring along with a cure a side effect leaving the human worse off in the long run in very many cases. Therefore, whenever a human attempts to sun the body ensure that the experience is not painful but joyful and pleasant i.e. to the right extent in the right climate.
An indication of excess sunshine is if the body undergoes visible and significant color changes. A Famous BBC business reporter and friend Aaron Heslehurst, when he visited Sydney sometime back for a holiday returned looking like an African and I communicated my concern to him. His reply was that it was just a bit of holidaying in Sydney. Thankfully he has returned to his original color after a stint in London. While persons who visit a beach and sun their bodies eliminate sunlight deficiency, very few humans get to do that. In either case they must be careful not to overdo it. Further few beaches are nude beaches and there are parts of the body that could go without exposure to sunlight for a near lifetime. Common conditions like crotch itch due to fungi and bacteria that survive in moist dark spaces) and certain other maladies associated with private parts would be reduced if it was not so. I have no way of telling how if Aaron’s tan extended down to the clicker; my earlier comment was with reference to his face only :-) Middle eastern and South Asian urban women appear to suffer most from arthritis with age because they cover more and go outdoors less.
In the west there are some nude beaches and in the East Mystic sects that dress in nothing but the sky as brought out in my novel ‘Nude besides the lake’ ( it is available with Amazon and most online retailers), but these are mere exceptions to what is considered civilized modern behavior. There was a concept of nudist health camps introduced in some countries but the preponderance of lust on the human mind has caused such camps to produce more health harms than benefits in many cases. A better option for a modern human is to find a private space for the same.
"Would you that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment, for the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind" Khalil GibranMay the Sun, the most visible symbol of Gracious Divinity on the planet, bring health and happiness to readers of this post. To bring more benefits of the sun in your life and to the world, try the 'Sun Inspired Yoga'