The sun is so beneficial to humans but firstly I’d like to start with how amazing and important it is to the whole planet. Without the suns heat and light, life on earth would not exist. The sun warms our seas, generates weather patterns, stirs the atmosphere and gives energy to our plants that feed us and provide us with oxygen. It holds the solar system together.
When it comes to humans most of us really like to sit in the sun. It feels warm on the body, we tan, it makes us relaxed, we feel and look good and some people travel all year round following it. Sunsets and sunrises are very beautiful and uplifting and the sun also is a mood enhancer. There is a reason that it makes us feel so good as it generates the production of vitamin D.
Regular sun exposure is the most efficient and natural way to get enough Vitamin D. Aiming for ten minutes or more daily around midday if possible is perfect. Sun screen and clothes can block the rays obviously so try to have some skin exposed.
There only a few other ways to get Vitamin D. Some are, Fatty fish, eggs, milk, cheese, beef liver and commercially grown mushrooms after intentionally being exposed to high amounts of ultraviolet light but the most effective and important way is through the sun. Your body is supposed to be in the sun it is crucial for your wellbeing. Sunlight and darkness trigger hormones in the brain. The feel good hormone Serotonin is released when we are exposed to sunlight. Serotonin is associated with boosting your mood, making you feel calm and focused. Where as Melatonin is produced at night due to darker lighting and melatonin is responsible in helping you to sleep.
Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin has many roles in the body and is essential for optimal health. For example it instructs the cells in your gut to absorb calcium and phosphorus, two minerals that are essential for maintaining healthy strong bones. The sun’s ultraviolet rays hit the skin cells providing energy for Vitamin D synthesis to occur. It’s an amazing support for the immune system.
Low vitamin D levels can lead to depression, osteoporosis, muscle weakness and worse.
Too much of anything can have an adverse effect. I’m very much about balance and believe although it’s vital we expose ourselves to the sun not overdoing it is also just as important.
The sun has quite a few natural healing benefits… mood enhancer, helps ease depression, builds strong bones, fights inflammation, helps prevent certain cancers, certain skin conditions can be eased or healed, assists with sleep problems and of course is a great support for the immune system.
I think it’s important for you to know how amazing this beautiful sun is for us on a mind body and soul level so get yourselves out everyday if possible. Even sitting by an open window in the sunlight will help you pick up and absorb the rays too if its difficult to get out. The sun has a lot to do with why the majority of us feel a lot better and happier in the summer months.
Another natural medicine.