Benefits of Sun Exposure

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May 24, 2016 – Elizabeth

The dog days of summer are before us, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! The winter was long and my memories of hot summer nights and bright summer days seem like a mere dream. This summer I plan to maximize my time outdoors and soak up the rays – responsibly of course. A few things to keep in mind before we get into the awesome benefits of sunlight:

1. Start exposing your skin to the sun slowly to prevent damage and painful burns.

2. Stay hydrated. Even though you may not feel thirsty, always have fresh water available and drink it regularly throughout your daily activities.

3. Get exposure to sunlight every day. Be sure to apply sunscreen if you are         going to be outside for extended periods of time but make sure you are also     exposed to UV (for short periods of time) without sunscreen. HINT: read on       to find out why.

4. Get out of the sun if you begin to feel dizzy, tired, unwell, or start to see a pink/red colour developing on your skin. This will help prevent serious long-term damage to your skin and aid in avoiding sun stroke or other unpleasant     sun-related injuries.

Benefits of Sun Exposure:

Lowers Blood pressure

Studies have found that a compound called nitric oxide, which helps to lower blood pressure is released into the blood vessels as soon as the sun touches the skin.

Vitamin D Production

This is the most well-known reason to get some sun. Vitamin D is vital to our body’s tissues ability to function, and it’s produced through our skins exposure to UV rays. This cannot happen if wearing sunscreen so ensure you spend some short periods of time outside without sunscreen on. Vitamin D has been shown to increase growth in children, promote bone health in adults and even prevent cancer.

Improves Brain Function 

Levels of vitamin D have been linked to improved cognitive function. Other studies have found that sunlight can help to stimulate the growth of nerve cells in the hippocampus that is a part of the brain responsible for the formation, organization, and storage of memories.

Relieve mild Depression

Sunlight deprivation leads to a condition called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Sad is a form of depression common in the winter. Getting some sunlight increases the levels of natural anti-depressant in the brain which can reduce Sad and other mild depression forms by increasing serotonin – a mood boosting hormone.

Clear Skin

Sunlight is beneficial for people who may suffer from multiple skin disorders. Fungal infections, eczema, and acne may be alleviated through sun exposure as it kills bacteria which may be present on the skin. Who doesn’t want clear skin? Be sure to keep your face well moisturized by using something like Equate Strikingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion, found at for $9.96 (save $2.91). Skin care is imperative to maintaining a beautiful, healthy complexion.

Immune Health

When exposed to sunlight, white blood cells are increased and they play a key role in fighting diseases and infections. This is excellent news for those who may suffer auto-immune disorders such as psoriasis. More sun exposure = healthy immune system.

There are so many amazing benefits to sun exposure that you can enjoy this summer season. Be sure to practice safe-sun, get outside and enjoy the hot days ahead! Your mind, body and soul will thank you.

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