Let’s be honest, the sun feels great although sometimes it gets a bad rap for only having negative effects on our health. Despite your family member asking “are you wearing enough sunscreen” it has many positive effects for our health, vitamin D is extremely important. Here are some great causes you can thank the big Sun in the sky for!
(Good) Vitamin D
Sunlight’s best benefit is how it naturally boosts the body’s Vitamin D intake (by just absorbing 10-20 minutes of sun rays per day!) Be careful to obviously never look directly into, or around the sun. This could be very harmful to your cataract (the clouding in the eye’s lens will obscure a person’s vision.) Most of the UV light from the sun enters the eye via our lenses. The sun is so strong that ultraviolet radiation from the sun can irritate or potentially burn the eye’s lens.
(Good) Improves SLEEP
Albeit it hard to believe, sunlight has drastic effects on our natural sleeping patterns. Makes sense right? We sleep at night, and rise during the day. Our circadian rhythm is a 24-hour clock based on the sun’s light and darkness, which helps influence out sleep cycles.
(Good) Relieves STRESS
Everyone has stress in life, no matter who you are and how ‘perfect’ your life is. One natural way of relieving some of that stress is through sunlight! Having a rough day at the office? Take a break and get some rays for 10 minutes, be sure to soak it up. You’ll feel better after some good ol’ fashion sunlight and deep breaths. Sunlight releases Serotonin the “happy hormone.” You’ll notice people are generally happier in the summer, this is because Serotonin levels in the brain are higher due to more sun, during the summer (longer days!)
(Bad) Ages Skin
Overtime, we all naturally age and unfortunately Sun can speed up this process. It’s called photo-aging, when UV rays damage collagen and increase the production of elastin in the skin. (Elastin is a highly elastic protein in connective tissue and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting.)
It’s true, the sun does in fact, cause wrinkles. So even though it’s important to soak up some rays daily, it’s all in moderation and nothing excessive. You’ll know you’ve had enough sun when you feel your skin getting hot, or by pressing down on your skin and seeing red appear slowly then disappearing. There are some remedies for wrinkles, like eating healthy, not excessively sun-bathing, and using moisturizers daily.