Best UV Clothes
There is little argument that some sunshine is good for you, very good for you even without wearing the best UV clothes available. This is because sunlight contains vitamin D, a vitamin critical for humans to intake in order to remain healthy. It has been estimated that up to ninety percent of the population in this country are vitamin D deficient. However, too much sunlight can be damaging to the skin and lead to rashes, sores, and cancer. At bu, we recognize the importance of balancing the need for vitamin D against protecting the body from too much harmful sun exposure. That’s why we invented a line of UV protective clothing.
The Nature of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is different from most vitamins because our bodies can manufacture vitamin D on our own instead of leaning on food sources. Our bodies convert sunshine into a substance that our body can use, eventually becoming a hormone within our body. Not only does vitamin D help keep our bones strong; it also boosts our immune system and brain function as well as regulates blood pressure. As if that weren’t enough, it can also help prevent cancer.
Taking Advantage of Vitamin D
A great way to obtain vitamin D is to get 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight daily without the use of sunscreen or while wearing the best UV clothes. If you have a darker skin tone you will need to spend between 40 and 60 minutes in the sun everyday without sunscreen. In the winter, the suggested time is doubled so that the body can produce enough vitamin D.
If being in the sun at all worries you, wear the best UV clothes available and use sunscreen on your body. Concentrate on covering your face, hands, top of the head, but leave the sunscreen off your limbs until you have absorbed your vitamin D for the day. Using sunscreen with more natural ingredients are found in sunscreens available from bu which can offer UV protection without harmful chemicals added to its ingredients.
Harmful Results of Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency can be associated with several health issues, some of which are listed below:
- High blood pressure
- Heart Disease
- Autoimmune disorders
- Chronic pain
If you spend a lot of time in the sun on a daily basis, whether for business, sport or pleasure, it may be necessary for maximum protection from the sun to purchase the best UV clothes.
UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is the ratio of ultraviolet rays from the sun that penetrate the clothing. Therefore a UPF of 50+ means that one unit of 50 ultraviolet rays passes through the fabric. Look for clothing that offer UPF50+ protection. bu clothing is also moisture wicking which assists in cooling and breathability in warm weather. Do not be deceived if it is cloudy or overcast. Depending on where you live and the time of the year, UV rays will penetrate the clouds and consequently do the same to you if you are not adequately protected.
Our active lifestyle and love of the sun creates the necessity to be mindful of how we manage our exposure. While we do need some exposure to the sun for our bodies to keep from being vitamin D deficient, we need to balance that with protecting our skin from too much exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun. The best UV clothes are those that allow us to do both.