New NICE Guidelines
22 Apr 2016

The publication of new guidelines by The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) this year, has some interesting advice on sun related health benefits and risks.

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive at NICE, said: “People who cover up for cultural reasons, are housebound or otherwise confined indoors for long periods of time, are all at higher risk of low vitamin D levels”.

As Environ founder Dr Des Fernandes has been saying for years, don’t get sunburned, do use sun protection measures but don’t totally avoid the midday sun if you want good health!

  1. Just a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure makes sufficient vitamin D, to have healthy bones and skin, immunity and protection against numerous types of cancer. 
  2. Take a balanced approach to get the benefits of sunlight without the risks. Too much time spent in the sun increases the risk of skin cancer.
  3.  Spend time outside between 11am and 3pm from the beginning of April to mid-October.
  4. Once you’ve absorbed your vitamin D, take safe sun exposure advice: cover up, seek shade, wear broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection products.

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