Posted by Nicole on May 21, 2014
sun's good for a lot of things: It produces the natural light that we use to
keep our electricity bills low, keeps the world at a generally agreeable
temperature most of the time, and helps all of those important trees that
supply a good portion of our breathable oxygen to grow. It can also give you a
nice tan, dry out your clothes, and power your calculator so that you can
figure out how much money you'll have left at the end of the month.
sun is great, broadly speaking, but it can do a lot more for us than we
realize. Our exposure to sunlight is actually an important part of many of our
biological cycles, and our systems actually depend on much of what the sun can
do for us on a chemical level. While we aren't plants and can't exactly
photosynthesize, we can do a lot with a little bit of sunshine in our day.
are a few things that some time in the sun can do for you.
Helps You Sleep
It seems somewhat counter intuitive; after all, you can't sleep if the sun's
shining on you. The benefits of the sun actually come from the production of
melatonin. Whenever your eyes are exposed to sunlight, your nerves receive the
signal they need to signal that more melatonin should be produced. The less
melatonin you have, the worse your quality of sleep will be. Sleep effects
every function of your body, so it naturally follows that more sun is generally
good for you.
Helps Your Mood
Did you know that sunlight can naturally boost your mood? Just as your body
produces more melatonin when it's exposed to sunlight, it also produces more
serotonin, a natural chemical created in the brain that can “lift” your mood
and generally help to fight off feelings of being down. While it's not a
replacement for psychiatric care, some time in the sun can give you a quick
Adds Vitamin D
one's a little more commonly known, but vitamin D might be more important than
you realize. Vitamin D is essential for the interaction of calcium with your
bone health, but it's also good to keep your immune system in check, regulate
blood sugar levels, keep your heart in functional order, and even to deal with
levels of anxiety and stress. It's something of an important vitamin in
your system, but some studies report that as many as 75% of people in America
are deficient in it. The natural solution: more sun.
of all, these influences effect other parts of your health. For example, more
regular sleep cycles can mean a stronger metabolism and ability to focus, which
improve your mood. Better mood, boosted through regular serotonin production,
can also mean better focus while accomplishing a task. It's hard to be healthy
without some sun in your life, so now might be the perfect time to take a walk
outside and get your daily dose. Unless it's night time, of course.