Most of us would rather hide from the sun than allow ourselves to bask under its rays. Whether it’s because we’re trying to keep our skin fair or because we’re just not used to feeling the heat on our backs, it doesn’t change the fact that we could stand to have a little more vitamin D. Now that a new study is saying exposure to sunlight may keep us from developing allergies and eczema, perhaps it’s time to start staying under the sun.

Using data from a study of Australian children, researchers found out that kids living in places with low levels of sunlight have a higher risk of developing food allergies and eczema compared to those who live in areas with high levels of sunlight. As researchers looked into how these health conditions varied throughout the country, they also realized that children living south of the country were twice as likely to develop eczema than those living north. The two areas had sufficiently contrasting UV levels, which made the theory worth pursuing.

While the study looks promising, the research is far from complete. Food allergies and eczema might have been linked to sunlight exposure, but that connection has yet to be explored in detail. Sure, we can leave the house sans umbrella or plan a trip to the beach with a bottle of sun block lotion along, but it is also important to remember that staying too long under the sun can have harmful repercussions.


If you do plan to go out under the sun, make sure to put some sun block on and avoid getting sunburn! Read these articles for more information:


(Photo by zubrow via Flickr Creative Commons)

Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Comments

Latest Stories

You Can Get an Engagement Ring for Half the Price at This Local Store

The brand makes use of imperfect diamonds, which can be 30 to 50 percent cheaper than a regular diamond.

Kat Ramnani Weds Christian Bautista in Inbal Dror Wedding Gown

Christian Bautista and Kat Ramnani tied the knot yesterday, November 17, in Bali, Indonesia.

Jolina Magdangal on Midlife Crisis, Turning 40 and Husband Mark

The actress shares her thoughts on midlife crisis and what it feels like to be 40.
Load More Stories