Ok folks, just for now, forget what you have learned about sunshine, skin cancer and harmful ultra-violet radiation. When winter and the dark days are over and spring has arrived we know that summer will be here, with warmer and sunnier days.
When natural sunlight hits the skin it triggers the body’s production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is also known as “the sunshine vitamin.” It is a crucial ingredient for overall health; protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, helps muscles, improves brain function and may even protect against cancer. Low levels of vitamin D can cause heart disease, prostate cancer and dementia.
Your body is meant to be in the sun, and exposure to sunlight during the day is crucial to your wellbeing. It is advised to get at least 10-15 minutes of sunlight daily.
Exposure to sunlight has a huge impact on depression, seasonal affective disorder and sleep quality. According to Forbes, “in 2012, 60 million Americans filled prescriptions for sleeping pills, up from 46 million in 2006 (as reported in The New York Times).”
Adding some sunshine to your life can even promote weight loss. The sunny season allows for fun outdoor activities. Go on a hike, take up a new sport, go for a run, bike around your neighborhood or even plan a camping trip. You will be surprised to see what spending time outdoors can do for your health.