Come Outside: The Sun is for You

Editor’s Note:

Allah has provided us with very efficient systems for regulating our internal temperature, automatically maintaining a stable core body temperature in cold winters, warm summers, and wild swings between both extremes.

In hot weather, if the core body temperature rises to 40.6-41.7°C, hyperthermia occurs. This condition can be fatal within only a few days, due to internal organs deteriorating.

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Though, Allah has also designed our bodies to protectively respond to heat. Radiation is responsible for reducing most excess body heat; but in hot, dry climates, evaporative cooling, or sweating, can be significantly more helpful.

Allah says in Qur’an that He created the sun which revolves round the earth. The sun as well as the all creatures praise Him. He also says that He created it for the benefit of all beings to provide them with light and warm. It is contrary to scientific logic which is of the view that the earth revolves round the sun as the all creatures praise Him.

Why is it that we now seem to see the Sun as something dangerous? Is it something to be feared and avoided at all costs? Will it age you, give you cancer and cause your immune system to go into free-fall?

A quick look through the blog posts coming out of the northern hemisphere would lead you to think that we are waging a war against the Sun. I wanted to find out how something once revered is now vilified. Care to come outside? The Sun is massive. Its diameter is about 218 times larger than the Earth and with temperatures on the surface reaching 6000C; it is hot.

Consisting mainly of hydrogen (73%) and Helium (25%), it is actually a burning ball of gas that is constantly moving, reacting and radiating heat. Charged plasma surrounds the Sun like a massive magnetic force field, occasionally spewing out as solar flares towards the Earth. We see this as the beautiful and spectacular northern and southern lights.

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The Earth receives almost all of its energy from the Sun and without it, life would not exist. Out of the 386 billion megawatts of energy that the Sun produces, around 89000 terawatts reach the Earth (a terawatt being one trillion watts) (Universe Today)

Our fear of the sun isn’t totally irrational. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Indeed, 85% of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinomas cite the sun as a major trigger.

In addition to our health, there are the effects that the Sun has on our looks. A quick look at the ingredient list of any of the top anti-aging brands confirms that sun protection is an anti-aging priority.

Skin damaged by the Sun displays more wrinkles, looks thickened or leathery and may also end up with pigmentation problems. Not an attractive proposition in an era when forty is the new twenty, sixty the new thirty and ninety the new sixty!

Third, on the “anti-sun” agenda is the sun’s immunosuppressant power. If, like me, you get cold sores as a memento from your day on the beach you would tend to agree that the sun is definitely putting your immune system under stress. But is it?

Immunosuppression is actually a good thing. If our bodies didn’t turn down our immune reaction when out in the sun, a small sunburn could turn into an anaphylactic shock rather than just a prickly rash. I know what I would rather have!

And the cold sores? Well, for those who harbor this virus in the body, the immunosuppressing action of the Sun leaves the gate open just enough for the cold sore virus to kick in. Unfortunately, that is the payoff.

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About Amanda Foxon-Hill
Amanda Foxon-Hill is a cosmetic chemist who's formulating, marketing and sales experience spans over ten years and three continents. Since leaving the corporate world Amanda has been consulting and teaching with the Institute of Personal Care Science, facilitating workshops with sustainability hub The Watershed in Sydney and bringing cosmetic science to the masses via her Realize Beauty blog, lectures and workshops.