Sunshine can have many benefits to your health.
We love soaking up the sunshine and I always feel better after some sun exposure.
Mild sun exposure is great for your health. Let’s look at the top 5 benefits of sunshine! This post may contain affiliate links that help support this website.
Vitamin D3. When sunlight hits our skin it begins to create vitamin D from our kidneys and liver. Just 20 to 30 min of sun exposure on your arms, face or legs a couple of times a week is all that is needed to create vitamin D. This vitamin is known as a pre-hormone and is vital for health. D. Alexander Parker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Urology at Mayo Clinic in Florida, suggests that one-quarter of Americans suffer from low levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a role in reducing inflammation, heart disease and infections along with supporting hormones. (1)
Increase Mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD affects millions of people causing sadness and mild depression in the winter and mood increases in the summer months. There are many reasons for this but the main being sunlight increases serotonin which increases our feelings of well-being. The benefits of sunshine actually affect your neurotransmitters. Symptoms of SAD include weight gain, sleepiness, irritability, and trouble concentrating. Spending a few minutes in direct sunlight can lift our mood, gives us more energy and increases our concentration. (2)
Helps Psoriasis, Eczema, and Acne. Mild sun exposure can help to relieve skin conditions. The World Health Organization has recommended sun exposure or UV light boxes for the relief of psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
Reduce Breast Cancer and Colon Cancer. Studies have shown a 60% drop in cancer rates for people with adequate vitamin D levels. (3) Drs. Frank and Cedric Garland from the University of California who observed that cancer rates were 3 times higher in New York than in New Mexico. 60% is a huge drop just from enjoying the benefits of sunshine. What an easy way to reduce your cancer risk.
Improves Brain Function. (4) Neuroscientist David Llewellyn of the University of Cambridge studied vitamin D levels in elderly patients and discovered the level of vitamin D was in direct correlation with the mental cognitive function. The lower the levels of the vitamin the lower the brain function. Sunlight helps stimulate the brain to organize and store memories.
These health benefits came from mind sun exposure, not burning or frying your skin in the sun all day long. Sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer so use caution when sunning yourself.
If it’s winter time and you are not getting outdoors as much as you need to or you think you could use a little extra vitamin D3…here is the liquid D3 we use and love!
Don’t underestimate the benefits of sunshine and how it can lower inflammation, increase mood and refresh your body.