In Scandinavia the winter can be long and dark, so when the sun finally appears again we couldn’t be happier. There is something about the warmth of the sun touching our faces and the energy bright and sunny days bring. However, except the fact that the sun makes us happy, there are several health benefits. We will give you five of them.
1. Improves sleep quality
When we are exposed to daylight and sun, a message is sent to our brain and the production of the hormone melatonin is shut down. This hormone is what makes us sleepy. So, basically your body gets a signal that it’s daytime and keeps you going through the day, making you sleep better at night time.
2. Boost of Vitamin D
Getting 10-20 minutes of sunlight on your body a few times a week is enough to boost your body with Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for an overall good health and strong bones. It’s also an important factor in making sure your muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well and helps the body fight infection.
3. Lowers blood pressure
Research shows that when sunlight touches the skin, a compound called nitric oxid is released into the blood vessels. This helps lower the blood pressure, cutting the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
4. Enhances the immune system
Vitamin D contributes to a powerful strengthening of your immune system, and the sun is the absolute best source of Vitamin D. Also, white blood cells, called lymphocytes increase with sun exposure, and play a major role in defending the body against infections.
5. Improves your mood
Regular exposure to sunlight can increase the levels of natural antidepressants and produce more serotonin, a mood-lifting chemical. It’s no secret that the sun can bring out a smile in most of us.
These are just a few of the many health benefits the sun has on us, but remember that too much exposure can lead to skin cancer, so don’t overdo it and use sun screen during the summer. Take care of your skin and your health.
By: Henriette Danielsen