5 Shocking Benefits Of The Sun To The Health

The sun indeed does a lot of wonders to the body, read to find out some of them.

You must have heard of the dangers of staying in the sun such as skin burns, cancer, etc, and might have been enlightened about the need for SPF (Sun Protection Factor), but have you ever wondered why some old people are made to sit in the sun for few minutes every day even when we know the dangers of the sun? If yes, this article will show you how soaking up sunlight benefits your mind, body, and overall health.

1. Production of vitamin D

Unlike other vitamins which can be produced from the consumption of some certain diet, Vitamin D is mainly produced by the body on exposure to sunlight five to fifteen minutes thrice a week. It helps in reducing inflammation, regulating insulin, and improving cell growth and turnover.

2. It reduces stress and Blood pressure 

As we know that stress could aggravate the rate of the pumping of blood against the walls of the arteries and veins which could lead to high blood pressure which if not controlled could lead to shock, cardiac arrest, stroke, or even death. Hence, exposure to sunlight helps the secretion of nitric oxide into the bloodstream which reduces blood pressure

3. It builds stronger bones 

You must have heard of calcium being essential in bone-building this is true, but do you know that the sun helps the body to absorb calcium and that deficiency of Vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis a condition in which the bones become extremely porous and are subject to fracture or rickets, a disorder of infancy and early childhood caused by a deficiency of vitamin D, causing soft bones.

4. It aids in the mood improvement

You must have noticed that whenever it rains, the atmosphere looks dull, and you feel moody and tired, but whenever it's bright and sunny you feel energetic? This is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, a form of depression associated with the lack of natural light during the winter months, and exposure to sunlight helps to increase your serotonin level, which helps to prevent that. Hence the term "sunny disposition." Also, in research conducted by BYU. it was proven that the rate of mental health distress was higher on days of little sunshine than on days of higher sunshine.

5. Quality sleep

Serotonin does not only improve your mood, it also works in synergy with a related hormone called melatonin, a hormone, in humans that is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, which is involved in the stimulation of sleep by lulling you into slumber. It has helped people suffering from insomnia "inability to sleep." It has also been proven by researchers that an hour of exposure to sunlight in the morning will help you sleep better and will regulate your circadian rhythm "internal body clock" that regulates the (roughly) 24-hour cycle of biological processes in humans" by telling your body it's time to sleep.

Therefore the benefits of sunlight cannot be over-emphasized as people with sunlight deficiency need the help of solar lamps to help with their depression and disorders like SAD and sleep disorders.

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