By Celeste Cooper
Summer is thought of as the season of growth because there are longer periods of daylight and fewer cloudy days making sunshine plentiful. As the sun reflects its healing rays, our energy and our mood get a boost as our brain releases hormones to make us feel good. And, as the sun rests on our skin, vitamin D is made, which combats deficiencies that can lead to pain, muscle weakness and other health problems many of us already experience.
Being in the sun can be very good for us, but it doesn’t come without some precautions, especially for those of us with fibromyalgia.
Twenty minutes in the sun can:
- Boost vitamin D levels.
- Provide an opportunity to get up and get going.
- Improve our mood.
- Improve concentration.
- Improve healing and circulation.
- Boost our immune system.
- Improve sleep.
- Reduce stress and pain.
All of these things are particularly helpful for fibromyalgia. Also quite good is the opportunity to get in the pool and play with our children or grandchildren, do water aerobics, or aqua therapy. But, as all things fibro, hazards can pop up when we least expect it. What looks like a gentle slope can turn into a steep drop off.
Too much sun can:
- Cause skin damage and skin cancer
- Suppress the immune system
- Damage the eyes
Summer activity can take a toll when we aren’t prepared. For instance, dehydration during the summer months can affect several body functions.
Symptoms of mild to moderate dehydration include: