The sun and its rays – Although there are a lot of movies that are about vampires nowadays, you still do not have to be afraid of the sun because you are not a vampire.
As humans it would be much better if we get exposed in the sun. This does not necessarily mean that we should soak up the sun until we get burned, we should just get adequate exposure because there are lots of benefits we can have when we stay under the sun.
Basically the sun’s rays are composed of ultraviolet light, infrared light and visible light. With our body’s reaction to the sunlight, we could gather different positive and negative results. If we make sure that we are just getting the adequate amount of sun, then we have nothing to be afraid of.
What benefits do I get from the sun?
Happiness – Studies show that there is a depression that is called “Seasonal Affective Disorder”. This type of depression is related to the sun’s availability. With research, they found out that people tend to be happier when they are exposed to the sun. This may be due to the production of serotonin that increases when the nights are short and the days are long. And although you put on a whole lot of sunscreen in your body, you would still be able to get this benefit.
Slows down the effects of Alzheimer’s disease – Alzheimer’s disease is common with the elderly people and a study tested several elderly people who were just starting to show the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The study showed that those who were out and exposed in the sun did better on their exams. They were also less depressed as compared to the others. Experts explain that the sun was able to help the patient’s body to regularize the circadian rhythm which is affected by the disease
Less sleepless nights – The sun’s rays will help the body fix the circadian rhythm. With the help of the sun’s rays, the production of melatonin would stop during the day. This substance is what keeps you sleepy at night. If your body is able to recognize that it is already morning time, you would feel more awake during the day and you would be able to sleep and rest during the night time.
Provides protection from your own body – There are instances when your immune system is so strong that it starts to fight of its own. The sun’s rays are helpful in this because they suppress the hyperactive immune system. In this way, there is a lesser chance for you to have autoimmune diseases. In addition, the sun’s rays are also helpful to people who currently have autoimmune diseases and people who have asthma.
Helps produce vitamin D – Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that is needed in the body. There have been many research studies that relate vitamin D with the prevention of cancer. Our body is the one who produces the vitamin D and the sun’s rays will enable this to be activated. You do not need to soak in the sun the whole day just to produce vitamin D because it only takes 10 to 15 minutes of exposing yourself in the sun for the vitamin D to be activated. Vitamin D is also used to aid in the absorption of calcium. In this way, the sun’s rays would also be able to help you have stronger bones.
It helps with the liver – Jaundice is a condition wherein the patient turns yellow. This is more commonly seen in infants because their livers are not fully developed. In this case, there is too much bilirubin in the system. To be able to correct this, you need to expose the child’s body to sunlight so that the bilirubin could be converted into a soluble form that could be excreted by the body. In this case, the sun helps to cure jaundice especially in babies.
The sun’s rays for weight loss – Some people think this is funny but there might be some truth to this. The sun’s rays would increase the body’s metabolism through its effects on the thyroid. When your metabolism increases, you would be able to digest food in a faster manner and having a speedy metabolism is one key in losing weight.
Those are just some of the healthy benefits that you can get from the sun. So the next time the sun shines don’t be afraid to go out and have some of it. Your body will thank you for it in the future. You do not have to go to the beach just to experience the sun’s rays. It is available just outside your home, all you have to do is go out and claim it. It is a free way to keep your body healthy.
About the Guest Blogger – Cedric is a writer and a researcher who shows his passion in creating articles that are in line with health; among his current topics are the different natural remedies for constipation, diarrhoea after eating, acupuncture for weight loss, and how to get pregnant. He hopes to help people by giving them enough information about their health situation.