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Ultraviolet Radiation

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun. It's invisible to the naked eye, but it can have both positive and negative effects on our health.

Sun rays

What is Ultraviolet?

One of the positive effects of UV radiation is that it helps our bodies produce vitamin D, which is important for bone health. However, too much exposure to UV radiation can be harmful.

UV Light and Our Health

UV light is divided into three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVA and UVB are the types that reach the Earth's surface and can have both positive and negative effects on our health. UVC is absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere and doesn't reach us. While UV light is important for making vitamin D, too much exposure to UVA and UVB can be harmful.

Understanding UV Index

UV index in Bangkok

One way to measure the strength of UV radiation is through the UV index today. It's a scale from 0 to 11+, with higher numbers indicating stronger UV radiation. The higher the UV index, the more important it is to take precautions to protect ourselves.

Examples and Precautions

For example, in places like Bangkok and Riyadh, the UV index can be very high, especially during certain times. It's important to wear protective clothing, use sunscreen, and seek shade to avoid too much exposure. Even in places like Las Vegas, precautions are necessary.


UV Light and Plants

Plants need UV radiation for a process called photomorphogenesis, which helps them grow and develop. UV light also helps plants produce pigments that protect them from sunlight. However, too much UV radiation can harm plants.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for our health as it helps our bodies absorb calcium, regulates the immune system, and reduces the risk of certain diseases. While sunlight is a source of vitamin D, it's important to get enough from food sources or supplements.