BE THE LIGHT
We’ve all heard the warnings of the damages of sun rays. Wrinkles, burns, cancer, those are all important points to remember but these concerns have, unfortunately, clouded the conversation we have around sunlight and it’s bred a sort of fear. However, like all things in life, benefits come from moderation.
The sun has had a tough time with its reputation and the negative effects that it could have on people. But even medical professionals recommend 5-15 minutes of sun a day to help improve health in multiple ways. The interaction of the sun on the skin is our human form of photosynthesis.
Every woman carefully puts her potted plants out into the sun — why not her children?
RAYS FOR DAYS
Probably the most important part of getting your daily dose of rays is the benefits it has on your physical health. Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, increase the production of insulin, which helps type 2 diabetes and has been linked to boosting immunity in multiple ways. Sunlight stimulates vitamin D and T-cells which, in turn, boost the body’s immunity and help the body protect itself from pathogens. Having the extra help from a few rays of sunlight can go a long way.
Sunlight has been proven to boost people’s moods and improve their sleep. Scientifically speaking, sunlight is thought to increase the release of serotonin, making a person feel lifted, calm, and focused. After the pandemic, many people began to experience anxiety and depression. Taking care of your mental health is arguably more important now than ever before. A few minutes of sunlight a day can help with that.
While sun exposure has a complicated relationship with skin. With so many wrinkles and skin cancer stories, many specialists warn about protecting the skin from the sun to prevent long-term damage. However, a moderate amount of sun, a few minutes a day, can actually improve several conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Remember to apply the proper protection to get the benefits without side effects.
Have breakfast on your balcony in the morning. Go for a walk, run, or start a garden in your backyard.
Stay safe and stay healthy.
We’d love to hear from you! What are some different ways you are soaking up vitamin D?