Ode to the sun

“The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening.

– Wallace Stevens
Ah, the sun. We love our sun. There’s no shortage of admiration out there for its prominent rays and the warmth it brings us. In fact, sunlight therapy, or heliotherapy can be traced back to the ancient Greeks. It was called heliosis. Back then, Apollo, the god of sun and light, drove his fiery chariot across the sky. You’ve heard the story.
As you may know, the sun helps promote Vitamin D production in our bodies – something most of us are deficient in from sitting in our offices all day.  Did you know that at least 1,000 different genes aiding virtually every tissue in the body are now thought to be regulated by the active form of Vitamin D?  Yeah.
The sun also helps ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder or “SAD” – (an appropriate abbreviation), improves sleep, kills bad bacteria, can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and helps build the immune system.
Win, win, win!
And, like anything, the sun has its dark-side, getting a bad rap for causing cancer and melanoma, sun spots, heat rash, wrinkles…you name it. Too much of anything is not great for you.  Which is why we’re thrilled to see that the City of Boston is offering free sunscreen dispensers throughout its cities. Innovation!
While you’re at it, take a gander through the 2015 Environmental Working Group guide to safer sunscreen brands.
And don’t forget, wearing sun-protective clothing and staying in the shade during peak sun hours can also help protect you.
Here’s to the miraculous rays of the summer sunshine! We’ll see you out there!