Sunlight and Its Amazing Benefits

Exposing yourself to sunlight for too much can lead to sunburns, skin aging and cancer. Despite this fact, mild exposure to sunlight provides you with vitamin D, a vitamin that acts more like a hormone, taking care of immunity and metabolism, protein synthesis, as well as muscle and nerve functioning.

sunlight benefits

Here are the benefits of sunlight exposure:

  • Improves metabolism – sunlight speeds up your metabolism’s rate as studies have shown, helping your body stay healthy and avoid obesity.
  • Helps with depression – exposure to sunlight increases the serotonin levels in your body, helping with mild depression. Staying in the sunlight reduces stress, as well.
  • Increases immunity – sun can strengthen your immunity system. When you are exposing yourself to sunlight, the body produces vitamin C, essential for T cells that are connected to the immune defense. A strong immune system keeps you away from any diseases and infections.
  • Revitalizes aging eyes – a 2012 study has proven that vitamin D plays an important role in precluding macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness caused by aging. If you want to maintain your eyes healthy, do not try to look directly at the sun.
  • Maintains your bones healthy – calcium is very important for your bones. Staying in the sunlight helps with calcium absorption. People that suffered or suffer from calcium deficit are most likely to deal with fracture or osteoporosis. A high level of vitamin D is linked with a lower number of fractures.
  • Increases sleep quality – due to exposure to bright sunlight the optic nerve will immediately notify the brain gland that produces melatonin. This hormone is responsible for your sleep-wake cycle. The gland is very active during daytime and as soon as it gets dark, the production lowers and you will get sleepy.
  • Keeps your heart healthy – people that suffer from a heart condition of those who are most likely to develop one should stay in the sunlight more. The warmth improves blood circulation and increases Vitamin D levels, improving your heart health.
  • Decreases the risk of getting multiple sclerosis – multiple sclerosis is a condition that affect the nervous system, brain and spinal cord. A study in 2010 proved that sunlight exposure can lower the risks of developing such a condition.
  • Reduces the risks of getting cancer – having the right amount of Vitamin D in your body can lower the chance of getting kidney, colon and breast cancer. Staying inside the house and into the darkness leads to vitamin D deficiency and therefore to increased chances of getting various forms of cancer.
  • Boosts height – a study conducted in 2009 that lasted for 18 years showed that women who were pregnant during summer had taller babies with stronger bones than the ones that were pregnant during other seasons. At the same time, sunlight can boost your height, making you taller. It increases the production of Vitamin D, which has a major role in the growth and development of children.

As you can see, sunlight brings more health benefits than damages, but you must always be careful not to over-expose yourself.

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