The Big Secret “Sunshine”
15 health benefits of sunshine
Your body is meant to be in the sun, and exposure to sunlight during the day is crucial to your wellbeing. It is advised to get at least 15-20 minutes of sunlight daily. Exposure to sunlight has a huge impact on your body. Adding a little sunshine to your life can give you multiple benefits. Take up any outdoor activity, take up a new sport, go for a run, bike around your neighborhood, or plan a picnic. You will be surprised to see what spending a little time outdoors can do for your health & here are 15 secrets of good health which can be unlocked by you and sunshine.
1) WEIGHT LOSS
Hunger is controlled by a part of your brain called the hypothalamus (it works with serotonin and helps relieve hunger). Lack of sunlight causes a drop in the serotonin levels, which can result in the feeling of fulness not being achieved. Therefore, exposure to sunlight will help you control your appetite.
2) IMPROVES YOUR MOOD
Having a bad day? step outside! Sunlight increases levels of serotonin which help promote feelings of happiness.
3) IMPROVES SLEEP
Morning sunlight exposure is linked to better sleep and health. Getting less morning light could make it more difficult for you to fall asleep and wake up at your preferred time.
4) BOOST IMMUNITY
It has been proven that sunshine stimulates your immune systems vitamin D and T cells which results in boosted immunity. We rely on solar energy to enable our bodies to stave off infections and fight disease.
5) PREVENTS VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin”. Vitamin D insufficiency affects almost 50% of the population worldwide. An estimated 1 billion people worldwide, have a vitamin D deficiency (VDD). Therefore, exposure to sunlight nourishes the body with vitamin D.
6) REDUCES CANCER RISK
Stripping off in the spring sunshine might be even better for men, it decreases their risk of developing kidney cancer. Vitamin D reduces the risk of many forms of cancer and increases survival rates once cancer reaches a detectable stage
7) REDUCES RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
Unfortunately, diabetes has been increasing among individuals over the years. Vitamin D plays a huge role in the production of insulin and studies have shown a positive association between insulin resistance and vitamin D deficiency.
8) LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure is extremely dangerous, and it is important to educate yourself on ways to lower your blood pressure. One of which includes, exposure to sunlight. Research has shown that nitric oxide stored at the top layer of the skin reacts to sunlight which causes blood vessels to widen as the oxide moves into the bloodstream. This results in lower blood pressure
9) REDUCES ALZHEIMERS SYMPTOMS
Alzheimer’s patients exposed to bright light encounter fewer symptoms of depression, agitation and night-time wakefulness.
10) IMPROVES BONE HEALTH
Vitamin D nourishes our body. But what many of us do not know is that it helps our body better absorb calcium. This results in strong, healthy bones.
11) HEALS SKIN DISORDERS
Sunshine may be able to fight skin diseases by attracting immune cells to the skin surface. UV radiation exposure has been proven to treat eczema, acne and psoriasis.
12) PROMOTES EYE HEALTH
Contrary to what many people believe, sunlight is not the enemy to our eyes. Vitamin D has been linked to improved vision and eye aging. The effect that the rays of the sun have not only are beneficial but have a curative effect upon the eyes.
13) HELPS CURE DEPRESSION
Exposure to sunlight has been linked to increased levels of a natural antidepressant in the brain. The brain produces more serotonin on sunny days than darker days. Therefore, individuals experiencing depression may feel fewer symptoms if they spend time in the sun.
14) IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION
Sunlight directly affects the brain's Pineal gland. It is the gland that produces melatonin, a powerful antioxidant that is important for sleep quality and helps prevent depression. Do get outside so you can get a good night's sleep. It is important for proper brain function.
15) PREVENTS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
Seasonal affective disorder is believed to be linked to a lack of sunlight. It is a form of depression that is roused by changing seasons. Without enough sunlight exposure, a person’s serotonin levels can dip low. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of seasonal affective disorder.