Just look at the booming business of “happy lamps” on the market today, touting the benefits of warding off depression by simulating sunshine, and you quickly realize there are many health benefits of sunshine. However, actual sunlight, and all of the Vitamin D benefits it offers, cannot be duplicated.
Those that spend time each day in the sunshine report simply feeling better. Sunshine has been proven to improve mood, offset Seasonal Affective Disorder and reduce the effects of stress. The sun also helps to regulate circadian rhythms, resulting in a better night’s sleep.
Studies have been conducted on the health benefits of sunshine demonstrating a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and cancer when Vitamin D levels are higher. Additionally, Vitamin D boosts calcium absorption, resulting in stronger bones and preventing fractures and osteoporosis as we age. The sun’s warmth has also been tied to lower blood pressure, improving circulation in some cases as effectively as medicine. Vitamin D is also a proven immunity booster, improving the function of the body’s T cells, which are integral in helping to ward off sickness. There have also been studies conducted showing a correlation between sun exposure and an increase in metabolism. The theory is that this is a result of the body’s ability to slow down metabolic processes during the winter months and going into fat-storing mode. Sunshine can jump start your body into revving up the metabolic cycle full gear again.
The sun’s rays are critical to supplying our body with Vitamin D, which is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies seen today. This results in many people turning to Vitamin D supplements. However this may not be as effective as sunshine. Your body can produce the recommended levels of Vitamin D in just a few minutes of sun exposure.
While supplements only offer Vitamin D, sunlight produces D3, which has hormonal advantages over D. It is also impossible to overdose on D3, as your body can tolerate enormous amounts of it with no ill effects.
With all of these natural benefits, you can’t afford not to spend some time relaxing in the sun. After all, it is for your health.
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