If the country you live in has harsh winters, then you’ll probably know that as soon as the sun comes out, you have an irresistible urge to smile. If you live in a perpetually sunny country, then lucky you! But the fact that we’re happier when the sun is out is not a surprise. A little exposure to the sunshine can help boost your mood and also contribute in some ways to prevent a host of illnesses – as well as helping to get an amazing natural tan that turns heads everywhere! One of the main culprits for this mood booster is Vitamin D, which is generated by the UVB rays from the sun. Over 90% of our Vitamin D comes from that shining orb in the sky, but Vitamin D can be obtained from foods such as egg yolks, fish liver oil, oily fish and fortified milk. Getting the right amount of Vitamin D helps to avoid bone and muscle aches and pains, as well as prevent osteoporosis, which is more likely to affect women as they grow older. Here are 5 benefits of getting some sun:
Although controversial, research has proven that a short period of sunlight can trigger the synthesis of Vitamin D within the body. That causes immune cells to help protect and repair damaged skin cells caused by excessive exposure to the sun.
A Nobel Prize winner, Niels Finsen, discovered that sun light could actually cleanse and cure wounds – German soldiers during the war actually used this method to clean their cuts!
A lack of sunlight can increase cholesterol as there is cholesterol synthesis, rather than vitamin D synthesis.
Scientists have found that being exposed to a moderate amount of ultraviolet light can lower blood pressure, as nitric oxide is activated in the blood, which then dilates blood vessels.
Increased Vitamin D can help boost the immune system, increasing our calcium and phosphorus intake by helping it to be absorbed by the gut. So what are you waiting for? Book your flight to Malaysia and pack your bags! Pack lots of bikinis – but don’t forget the straw hats, cover-ups and sun block – because although some sun is great in moderation, you need to remember that excessive exposure can also be bad for you. Do you enjoy the sunshine?