Spending time in the sunshine this winter can boost both your mind and body.
For several years now, many doctors and scientists have been on a mission to inform as many people as possible about the dangerous risks associated with excessive sun exposure?skin cancer, cataracts, premature aging, melanoma, skin wrinkles, etc. In fear of the damaging effects brought on by the sun's ultraviolent rays, many people have started to take as many precautions as possible to protect their skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
However, while proper precautions against UV rays such as sunglasses, sunscreen and cover-up clothing are both necessary and advised, there are also many health benefits
that our bodies naturally receive from exposure to sunlight.
While it is definitely never a good idea to head out into the bright winter weather without any sort of skin protection, simply 10-15 minutes of sun exposure a day will not trigger any life-threatening sun diseases. In fact, it may just improve your health for the better.
Boost Your Immune System
Exposure to sunlight can help to strengthen the body's immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. These cells are extremely important to the health of our body as they essentially act as "killers" that seek out to destroy infections within our immune system. Therefore, when white blood cells are activated, they help to protect the body from flu, food poisoning and even cancer.
Sunlight can also turn other white blood cells into "helpers" that allow our immune systems to build up a memory of any infection, allowing it to be destroyed more quickly the next time we are infected.
Because sunlight plays a vital role in our body's absorption of Vitamin D and calcium
, regular exposure to sunlight can help prevent osteoporosis and rickets. It may also aid in the prevention of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Regular sun exposure can also help to avert several other serious conditions such as infertility, allergies, diabetes, Parkinson's, liver problems and Alzheimer's.
Soak Up The Vitamin D
While vitamin D is an essential nutrient that is often found in certain foods such as milk, eggs and salmon, the amount of vitamin D found in these foods is typically too small to provide our bodies recommended daily allowance. Sunlight, however, is the very best natural source of vitamin D
. This is because the sun's UV rays cause a type of cholesterol found in our skin to be converted into vitamin D all on its own.
Vitamin D is important to our health and body because it can help to protect and treat many types of cancers including prostate, ling, colon and, ironically, skin. Vitamin D is also very beneficial in protecting against lymphoma.
While you should always make sure that you are wearing proper UV protection any time you are exposed to UV rays for a prolonged period of time, even during the winter season, spending up to 15 minutes outside each day soaking up the sun may actually have numerous health benefits to you and your body. So, as if you needed another reason to get outside and soak up the summer sun, it may actually be improving your health!