TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY’S LARGEST ORGAN — YOUR SKIN!

Your skin performs many vital functions to protect you. It’s your first layer of defense, acting as a barrier to prevent germs from entering the body and causing infections. Sweat glands and tiny blood vessels in your skin help to control your body temperature. The nerve endings in your skin alert your body to potential dangers by detecting pressure, pain, heat, and cold, so you can quickly react. When exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, the skin manufactures Vitamin D, an essential vitamin for healthy teeth and bones. Healthy skin protects your body against germs and damage to your bones, muscles and internal organs.

Given all that your skin does, it’s important to keep it healthy. There are many things you can do including keeping your skin clean, preventing sun damage, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy diet. This month’s issue of SMART Health Insights focuses on skin health. To get you started, explore some simple tips on how to keep your skin healthy. Take good care of your skin, so your skin can keep taking good care of you.

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