5 health benefits of sunlight. Do you ever wonder why your parents would always tell you to stop holing up inside the house and go play outside? It’s not because they wanted some peace and quiet for a change– okay, let’s be real, it probably was. However, spending some time outside on a bright and sunny day can actually benefit your physical and mental health in a number of ways you might not have been aware of. So as it turns out, your parents may have been doing you a favor after all!
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Sunlight Improves Your Mood – 00:58
Sunlight Increases Vitamin D – 02:42
Sunlight Can Prevent Cancer – 03:36
Sunlight Fights Off the Flu – 04:15
Other Benefits of Sunlight – 05:53
1. Sunlight Improve Your Mood
Are you an early morning riser or a regular night owl? As it turns out, both sunlight and darkness can have a tangible effect on your mood by promoting the release of certain chemicals and hormones in your brain. When your body is exposed to sunlight, your brain begins to increase the production of serotonin. In addition to helping your body with digestion and the healing of wounds, serotonin also has a noticeable effect on your mood, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety as well as helping you feel calm and focused. By contrast, once the sun goes down and things get dark, your brain starts to produce another hormone called melatonin, which helps you get to sleep.
2. Sunlight Increases Vitamin D.
Serotonin isn’t the only thing your body makes when it gets exposed to sunlight. When exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet-B radiation, your skin begins to create what’s known as Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which provides your body with a number of essential benefits: from helping your immune system to assisting with weight loss.
3. Sunlight Can Prevent Cancer
This one might sound like a bit of a paradox at first. After all, isn’t overexposure to the sun one of the leading causes of skin cancer? While that is very true, a healthy amount of sunlight can actually be useful in preventing certain types of cancers. I guess it’s true what they say: everything in moderation! Specifically, receiving a healthy amount of sunlight can reduce the risk of cancers such as colon, pancreatic, ovarian and prostate cancer, as well as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which affects your white blood cells.
4. Sunlight Fights Off The Flu
It sneaks up on us every year. Before you know it, bam, it’s cold and flu season again. In addition to washing your hands and staying up to date on vaccines, you can also potentially fight off the flu bug by soaking up a few extra rays of sunshine. According to a working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, places that receive higher amounts of sunlight might also be at a potentially lower risk when it comes to influenza outbreaks. According to the lead author of the paper, Dr. David Slusky, research indicates that there does appear to be a correlation between high levels of sunlight and lowered levels of the influenza virus. The reason behind this? It looks like our good friend Vitamin D is coming to the rescue once again! In a 2017 article published in the British Medical Journal, researchers reported on the results of a study which aimed to prove a link between Vitamin D and flu prevention.
5. Other Benefits of Sunlight
In addition to all of the health benefits we’ve already mentioned in this video, there are still tons of other ways in which a healthy amount of sunlight can have a positive effect on our bodies. According to the World Health Organization, the ultraviolet radiation provided by the sun can help with the healing and treatment of many different kinds of conditions that affect your skin. In particular, doctors have recommended UV radiation as a method of treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, and even acne! If that’s not enough, research has also revealed that sunlight can potentially be an effective form of treatment for a number of other medical conditions as well, including rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and inflammatory bowel disease. However, it’s worth mentioning that studies into sunlight to treat these conditions are still largely inconclusive, and more research is required before anyone can be completely certain of its effectiveness.
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