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Benefits Of Sunlight

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Although prolonged exposure to sunlight is harmful, moderate and safe sun exposure can have a lot of benefits. Whether you’re concerned about improving your immunity, lowering your blood pressure, losing weight, strengthening your bones or sharpening your vision, sun exposure is beneficial in all these health issues and more. Let’s look at some of the common but important benefits of exposure to sunlight.

According to an article titled ‘Let The Sunshine In And Have Strong And Healthy Bones’ written by Vivian Goldschmidt in saveourbones.com, “Studies have shown that sunlight is an excellent natural source of Vitamin D3, the best form of Vitamin D, also known as Cholecalciferol.” Vitamin D stimulates the absorption of calcium and magnesium, which are essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones. Vitamin D has been shown to boost immunity by supporting the proper functioning of T cells. Vitamin D3 plays an important role in preventing blindness in the elderly by preventing age-related macular degeneration. The ultraviolet rays in sunlight improve metabolism and, thus, suppresses obesity. Exposure to sunlight helps to maintain the sleep–wake cycle.

According to an article titled ‘Top 10 Health Benefits of Sunlight’ in Top 10 Home Remedies, “Sunlight deprivation is often associated with depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression that most often occurs during winter months.” Thus, sunlight helps in keeping stress and mood disorders away. Being in the sun also helps in fighting multiple sclerosis.

By now you’re probably asking yourself, how is all this possible? What is the process by which sunlight bring about these benefits? How long is a safe time to spend exposed to the sun?

This ClipBook will answer your queries and point you in the right direction regarding the health benefits of sunlight.

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Top 10 Health Benefits Of Sunlight

As long-term exposure to sunlight can lead to sunburn, skin aging and even skin cancer, many people may prefer staying indoors and avoiding sunlight. But do not completely shun the sun. Limited sun exposure has numerous health benefits.

Sunshine Provides Vitamin D

Humans make 90 percent of our vitamin D naturally from sunlight exposure to our skin specifically, from ultraviolet B exposure to the skin, which naturally initiates the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3.

Keep Slim By Going Out In The Sun

Going out in the sunshine could help keep off the pounds, scientists have claimed. Researchers say moderate exposure to UV rays help release a key chemical which slows the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Boosts The Immune System

Vitamin D is well known for its beneficial role in bone health, but recent research has also found evidence of immune activity. Because vitamin D appears to interact with many different cells within the immune system, deficiencies could leave you ...

For Strong And Healthy Bones

You may already know that Vitamin D stimulates the absorption of calcium and magnesium, both essential to maintaining strong and healthy bones and living happily without the fear of fractures.

Fights Stress

Researchers from the Baker Heart Research Institute in Melbourne found that levels of serotonin a neurotransmitter that regulates appetite, sleep, memory, and mood are lower during the winter than the summer.

Reduces Blood Pressure

A little sunshine could be good for your heart. A short, sharp blast from a tanning lamp can cause blood pressure to fall, scientists have found. The results suggest that well-meaning advice to avoid the sun to protect against skin cancer may in f...

Fights Multiple Sclerosis

In mice with a rodent form of multiple sclerosis (MS), vitamin D appears to block damage-causing immune cells from migrating to the central nervous system, offering a potential explanation for why the so-called “sunshine vitamin” may prevent or ea...

Improves Your Eye Health

Researchers have revealed an important role in aging -particularly eye aging. When most people think of nutrients and eye health, they immediately think "Vitamin A or Beta Carotene." However, new evidence suggests that vitamin D may be more crucial.

Helps You Sleep Better

Put away those pills that promise better sleep. If you want a more sound slumber, go enjoy the sunshine.

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