The skin is the largest organ of the body. We don’t often think of it as an organ like the heart, lungs and liver, but an organ it is. In fact, the skin performs a variety of functions and it is in our best interest to keep the skin functioning at it’s best. Read on to do just that.
The skin involves several layers, each with a purpose. But overall the skin does some very important tasks, none more important than gathering sunlight. In short, the skin is a solar panel. Before we get to that, here are some other functions of the skin.
Okay, that distinction goes to plants whose leaves collect energy from the sun and convert it to glucose. Human skin collects sunlight and converts it into vitamin D. It does so by interacting with cholesterol, making a slight molecular tweak, and voila, vitamin D.
People with the highest natural levels of vitamin D have the lowest risk of everything. Vitamin D receptors are located on just about every cell in the body, highlighting its importance.
Sunlight to the eye reaches the back of the eye called the retina. This is how we see. But the UVA/UVB signal the retina to send information to the brain. This ends up making melatonin, the MASTER hormone of the body.
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