Is it true that the sun can, in some ways, be good for us? Well the answer to that should be a resounding yes.
Science has already proved that the sun’s rays promote vitamin D in our skin which in turn promotes healthy bones and teeth. Obviously too much sun in terms of UV exposure can be damaging but we can’t ignore the fact that a bit of sunshine does seem to have a positive effect on us.
It’s widely accepted that the sun improves the immune system. Studies have also highlighted that the synthesis of vitamin D in the body can reduce the incidence of leukemia and colon cancer. Of course this may seem at odds since we are constantly hearing how too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer. This is unfortunately true but the positives, without a doubt, outweigh the negatives.
Many people might not be aware that the sun can also aid the cardiovascular system, improving blood flow and stabilizing cholesterol levels. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that people in the UK were more inclined to die of heart disease in the winter months as opposed to the summer due to the absence of vitamin D. These are some of the clinical benefits that are afforded to us by the sun.
It goes without saying that people are generally in a good mood when they are immersed in the sun’s rays. In fact sunshine and happiness tend to go hand in hand as millions of people around the world head for the hotspots at their first opportunity. This is reflected in the fact that weather reports are inherently biased towards sunshine and warm weather. The sun is considered good whereas rain and wind is certainly frowned upon.
The fact is, much like chocolate, the sun stimulates our endorphins thereby helping to reduce depression and stress. There are also the obvious aesthetic benefits that exposure to the sun will give you. People tend to feel better in themselves when they develop a glowing, but healthy, tan as they consider this to be more of a desirable look. More importantly, the continued but controlled, exposure to sunlight will eventually improve your resistance to the harmful effects of ultra violet rays.
One of the lesser known facts is that the sun can help you get a good night’s sleep by stimulating melatonin during the night. Getting a good night’s sleep means we are likely to be in a good mood when we awake. When you wake up, you will be ready for a hearty breakfast since the sun is also known to improve your appetite by stimulating digestion and encouraging metabolism.
The long and short of it is that when it’s sunny, we can get out and do the fun things which are impossible to do in the winter. We can enjoy the freedom of the outdoors and let’s face it, no one enjoys a barbecue in the snow!
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