How the Sun Affects Your Health for the Better
By Genevieve Cunningham
The sun gets a bad rap. Between causing wrinkles and age spots to contributing to skin cancer, the sun is well known as a troublemaker. But have you ever thought about what life would be like without this bright spot in the sky? The truth is that while limiting sun exposure is a good idea, the sun also brings about some very positive benefits -- in addition to sustaining all life. Take a look at just a few reasons to make sure you still get a little sun every day.
It Provides You With Vitamin D
Your body needs Vitamin D. This is the vitamin that helps with strong bones, mental well-being, and other functions in the body. Without this important vitamin, many people experience a bit of depression and achiness in the body. And the toughest part is that Vitamin D is found in very few foods. This means that if you’re going to get enough, you simply have to get outside and soak in some sun. Just protect your skin with some sunscreen, get outdoors, and enjoy the warmth on your skin while your body soaks up some much needed Vitamin D.
It Boosts Moods and Energy
Did you know that areas of the country that have little sunlight are also the places with the highest rates of depression? The sunlight greatly affects our moods. When we don’t get enough light, we tend to feel blue. But when we get out in the natural sun and bask in the light, we often find our moods much more positive and even out over time.
It Can Make Your Skin Glow
You already knew that the sun could make your skin red and burned, but it can also make your skin glow! The sun has a drying effect on the skin. While it’s important to counteract this effect with plenty of moisturizer, this slight drying property helps to clear the skin and make it smooth. The key? It has to be the perfect amount. Too much sun will leave you burned while too little won’t bring this effect. Slather on the protective sunscreen and experiment slowly with your exposure to the sun. Done safely, sun exposure can actually keep your skin looking healthier than ever.
It’s important to be smart about the sun. Wear your sunscreen, layer up, and watch for overexposure. But you don’t have to completely avoid it. In fact, you shouldn’t! Don’t forget that the sun also brings some wonderful benefits to your body including those mentioned above. Be cautious about the amount and kind of sun you get in your life, and you’ll likely find benefits that you haven’t seen in years.
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