The relationship between the sun and human beings hasn’t exactly been clean.
Truth is, the sun is more known for its bad rep as we tend to only focus on its negative health effects.
But like many other things, sunshine is healthy when used in moderation.
In fact, numerous scientists suggest that the health benefits of moderate sun exposure may outweigh the risks.
Also, did you know that sun exposure helps ease psoriasis symptoms?
Amazing, right? To know more about this benefit and many others, keep on watching.
Here are the ways 10-minutes of sun per day can benefit your body.
1. Lowers blood pressure
Based on research, nitric oxide, a compound that helps lower blood pressure, is released into the blood vessels the moment the sunlight comes in contact with the skin.
This finding was a huge accomplishment since until then it was thought that the production of vitamin D was the only benefit of sunlight to humans.
Sun exposure won’t just improve health, but also prolong life since it cuts the risk of heart attacks and strokes by improving heart health.
2. Boosts brain function
Vitamin D is also now linked with the functioning of the brain.
Studies have shown that sunlight can help spur nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, which is responsible for developing, organizing, and storing memories.
As such, it was found out that people aged 65 or older had their cognitive functions decreased because of their low vitamin D levels.
3. Improves bone health
It’s a fairly known fact that vitamin D stimulates the absorption of bone-strengthening phosphorus and calcium In the body.
However, research has indicated that vitamin D3, a fat-soluble vitamin formed during the vitamin D manufacture, regulates calcium absorption.
This means that the higher levels of vitamin D3 in your blood, the lower the risk of having fractures of nearly all types.
Thus, sun exposure is especially essential for the bone health of older individuals.
4. Improves sleep quality
Sunlight exposure affects how much melatonin your brain produces.
This kind of hormones tells your brain when it’s time to sleep until the sun goes down again.
Your body gets a clear signal that it’s already morning and this helps maintain a regular circadian rhythm.
So, when it gets dark again, your body sends signal and you feel drowsy at bedtime.
Spend at least 10 minutes in the sun every so your body gets the message that it’s day and stimulates the brain to stop releasing melatonin.
5. Enhances mood
Even a little bit of sunshine is enough to improve our mood.
Dark and dreary tends to create a gloomy and lethargic atmosphere.
But when you’re surrounded by sunlight, you tend to be happier and more energetic.
When light enters the eye, it stimulates the neurons that influence mood.
These nerve impulses go to the pineal gland that regulates serotonin, which is the feel-good hormone that’s closely linked to mood.
6. Helps clear up skin conditions like psoriasis
Tired of the itchy, raised, scaly patches of your skin, a.k.a. psoriasis?
It can be cleared up by natural sunlight.
This is why, in general, exposing the skin to sunlight for around 30 minutes per day is recommended for people with this skin condition.
This treatment is effective for most people with psoriasis as they typically notice improvement within 3-6 weeks of undergoing sunlight therapy.
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