Sun… Good or bad?
You’ve heard it enough.. sunburns and skin cancer are very much real threats. So yes, whack that SPF on kids.
However, there are also so many positive effects of sun exposure. Soaking up some sunlight and catching some rays can do wonders for you.
Here are four key benefits that the sun can do for your mental and physical health almost instantly.
- Get your dose of VitD
The sun is the best natural source of this vitamin, which is also very hard to come by in natural food sources. It only takes 5-15 minutes of sunlight a few times a week to notice a difference. Get outside and expose yourself to direct sun on your arms and face to soak up this necessary vitamin. Vitamin D promotes reduced inflammation and modulates cell growth. It’s needed for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth as it helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. As well as this, it helps support the proper functioning of muscles. Just remember to use sunscreen.
- Lower Blood Pressure
Heard of Nitric Oxide? Well, this helps brings down blood pressure and improves heart health. Once that sunlight hits, our body releases Nitric Oxide. Maintaining healthy blood pressure can reduce your risks of cardiac disease and stroke. Feelings of relaxation may also naturally bring down blood pressure, so boosting your happiness by soaking up rays also aids in keeping your pressure down kids.
- An Instant Mood Changer
Researchers at BYU found more mental health distress in people during seasons with little sun exposure. On the contrary, days with plenty of sunshine were associated with better mental health. The availability of sunshine has more effect on mood than rainfall, temperature, or any other environmental factor.
Feel SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Getting some sun increases your serotonin and helps people with anxiety and depression, especially in combination with other treatments.
- Higher Quality Sleep
That mood improver hormone we were just talking about? Serotonin does more than boost your mood. It might also help you get more restful sleep at night. Another key hormone that works hand in hand with serotonin to help promote sleep function is melatonin. The sun also helps your body produce this hormone too! Who would have thought aye!
Suffering from insomnia? Try to stick to traditionally light and dark cycles, getting sunlight during the day so you can catch some zzz’s at night.
Soo Soak up that Sun Safely