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Friday, February 08, 2013

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sunshine

I came across an article that made mention of how going out in the sunshine may reduce the risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. After reading the article carefully, it so turned out that the suspicions are that the levels of vitamin D had more to do with it then anything else.

Exposure to sunshine and UV-B light increases the UV levels in our bodies which stimulate the production of vitamin D. Deficiency of this vitamin can cause all kinds of immune and other disorders. That was already known and, although the studies have not been confirmed yet, it now seems that this same vitamin may shield us from getting RA or lower its effects.

It is a given that most people with RA also show low levels of vitamin D. Exposing themselves to sunlight or taking vitamin D supplement could be very helpful. Advised is not to go out in the sun for longer then 15 minutes, otherwise the risks of sunburn and skin cancer are increased.

In case you can stand and are able to take the heat for that long, don't use a sun block, because that would totally defeat the purpose. Everything in moderation is the key here and 15 minutes is more then enough. Don't overdo it; the effects could be disastrous.

There are many times in our lives when the heat is being put on us and it is not easy determining when to pull out or how much longer to take it. There is no limit to getting advice and seeking words of wisdom. It is even advisable to keep asking, seeking, and knocking. You can never get enough of God's word; the effects are life, health, and healing!

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.


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