Can you imagine planet earth without the existence of the Sun? A world destined to gloom, darkness, without warmth, light and most important of all, a clock to keep us all going.
Although most people stay away from the blazing heat of the sun, fearing health complications like melanoma (skin cancer) cataracts and age related macular degeneration- to name just a few-due to over exposure, on the contrary, sunlight is a much-needed prerequisite to remain healthy, happy and cheerful… Come; let us find out the amazing healing powers of the sun and celebrate its golden rays…
18 Healthy Reasons to Enjoy the Sun
Do you know that sunlight helps synthesize vitamin D? Hence, basking in the glory of its warmth and light stimulates vitamin D production naturally, meeting the daily requirement of this essential nutrient. Sunlight also helps balance body temperature protecting us from various medical conditions.
A substance known as Ergo sterol, which resembles cholesterol, exists beneath our skins surface. Sunlight however, converts this element to vitamin D, thus stabilising cholesterol levels, by maintaining a healthy balance of sexual hormones and steroids in the blood.
You might be surprised to know that Sunlight plays the same role as exercise to perfection. This is mainly because, ample exposure enhances the count of red and white blood cells, improves and enables better oxygen supply to the body cells.
Various studies indicate that exposure to sunlight mends hardened arteries, a major symptom of Atherosclerosis. This is mainly because the skin, when exposed to the deep penetration of the suns rays helps purify the blood vessels.
In hypertensive patients, a onetime exposure to suns warmth helps lower blood pressure levels a great deal. Moreover, this proves more effective as prescription drugs such as Statins deplete Coenzyme Q10 levels crucial for the heart and body cells.
Vitamin D deficiency is one of the main contributors for the onset of type2 diabetes. Therefore relaxing in the sun for a few minutes gives you the required amount of this vital nutrient.
According to several surveys, an excellent exercise for improving cardiac function is vitamin D, obtained from sunlight. Researchers also indicate that during winter, in certain regions, due to lack of sunshine, mortality rates are usually high, due to depletion of vitamin D in the body.
Vitamin D deficiency is one of the precursors of certain type of cancers. Therefore soaking in the sun awhile prevents incidence of cancers in the lung, colon, prostate, breast and ovaries.
The suns rays helps break down harmful body toxins, thus improving liver function, preventing dreadful liver-related diseases.
Sunlight has the ability to increase white cell production such as lymphocytes that improve bodys defence mechanism to combat infections.
Moderate sun exposure during childhood helps thwart Multiple Sclerosis, a condition that afflicts people living in colder climes. This affects the nervous system manifested by symptoms of paralyses and body tremors.
The rays enhance appetite; augment digestion, by improving metabolic health. One of the chief contributors towards irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease is vitamin D deficiency. Hence, obtaining vitamin D through sunshine really helps ease this condition.
An outing in the sun helps attain ninety to ninety five percentage of the required amount of Vitamin D. This besides improving calcium absorption also transmits the required amounts of this nutrient to the cell membranes that helps strengthen bones, relax muscles, eases taut joints, thus preventing osteoporosis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Dental studies opine that sunlight prevents cavities, keeping your teeth in good condition. Children belonging to various places with temperate sunshine are more prone to dental cavities when compared to others residing in much warm climes.
Various studies point out the fact that the growth of a persons height depends upon sun exposure during early days of life.
Aids Weight Loss
The warmth of the rays enhance serotonin production, which helps curbs appetite making you to consume less than normal during those hot sunny days.
The warmth of the sun manages effective hormone production, which helps combat PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and menopausal symptoms.
The sun helps boost fertility and increases testosterone levels in men, helping them sustain a little longer.
Alternative therapies recommend having fun in the sun for at least half an hour, to treat skin disorders such as acne, rashes, eczema, boils, athletes foot and psoriasis. Apart from this, the light and warmth of the sun helps clear skin and keeps it radiantly healthy.
Besides extending its glorious beams for healing numerous health conditions, sunshine also lifts your spirits by boosting production of happy hormones known as serotonin which when combined with regular exercise augments endorphins reducing stress levels, keeping you energetic, physically fit and depression free.
It also enhances melatonin production, which regulates sleep patterns, preventing insomnia. The vitamin D from sunlight also improves cognitive abilities protecting from degenerative diseases of the brain, dementia and Alzheimers.
Remember, although soaking in the sun does a world of good, overdoing it might leave you totally baked/burnt. So don your prettiest hats and get going…to let sunshine into your hearts and lives!