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My top 9 reasons why a little ray of sunshine goes a long way

by PathofthePhoenix

The effects of too much sun have been well documented and like everything else in life, too much of it is definitely not a good thing. However the sun, along with the light and heat that it produces, is vital to our existence—and to our health. Here are my top 9 reasons why a little ray of sunshine goes a long way.

Vitamin D

Sunlight is an important source of Vitamin D, which is vital to our wellbeing. When the skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, a compound in the skin is transformed into a precursor of vitamin D, which is necessary for the absorption of calcium by the body. Calcium is essential for bone strength and growth, as well as protecting against muscle weakness.

Mental Health

When light enters the eye, it stimulates neurons in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that influences mood. These nerve impulses travel to the pineal gland, which regulates serotonin, the  feel-good hormone that’s linked to mood.

The same part of the brain responsible for mood is also responsible for appetite. A recent study showed that eating in a dimly lit or dark environment may trigger us to eat more. so it makes sense to eat in a well-lit environment and avoid eating late at night.

Blood Pressure Regulation

A compound called nitric oxide, that helps lower blood pressure, is released into the blood vessels as soon as sunlight touches the skin.

Healing Skin Disorders

Numerous studies have shown that sunlight promotes healing of skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, jaundice and other fungal skin infections.

Eye Health

The human eye needs natural light in order to maintain its efficiency. Sunlight is as necessary to the normal eye as rest and relaxation. While we do need to protect our eyes from over exposure, constantly wearing sunglasses can be detrimental to our healthy eyes.

Cortisol Production

When your eyes detect light, that tells your brain (the hypothalamus in particular) to wake up and release the cortisol you need to increase your metabolism and get through your day.

Sleep Cycles

It improves circadian rhythms which therefore impacts the quality of our sleep. At night, darker lighting triggers the brain to make melatonin which is the hormone responsible for helping you sleep.

Immune Response

Sun exposure can help suppress an overactive immune system, since white blood cells increase with sun exposure and they play a key role in fighting diseases and defending the body against infection. Moderate sun exposure is very helpful for your immune system.

And best of all it’s free!

A little sunshine goes a long way. Please keep in mind it’s still the number one cause of skin cancer. Experts recommend no more than 15 to 20 minutes of direct sunlight daily for a healthy adult. Try to avoid the hottest part of the day and if you will be outside for longer periods then remember to slip, slop, slap.

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