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Reaping the Benefits of Sunlight

By Donna Stark

Summer is here, which means it is time to relax and start soaking up the sun's rays! It also means it is time to become more diligent with your skincare routine, but don't let that scare you. With the right balance and proper care, you can stay outdoors for as long as you like. And that's good, because spending time outside can actually provide a lot of benefits you may not have considered before! Take a look at some of the reasons why spending time in the sun can do more than deepen your tan. 

Serotonin Production

There is a direct link between sunlight and the production of serotonin in the body. Exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin levels, which not only leaves you feeling happy and balanced, but also helps your body regulate your appetite and digestion. 

Healthier Body

Even though you may be feeling completely relaxed while sitting in the sun, your body is definitely not taking a break. While enjoying the sun's rays, your skin is producing vitamin D, which plays a key role in your body's ability to absorb calcium, improve immune functions, and protect your bones.

Better Rest

Studies have shown that sunlight regulates your circadian rhythm by letting your body know when it is time to increase and decrease melatonin levels, your body's sleep hormone. It is often recommended to get some sunlight as soon as you wake up in the morning so your body can stay on track with a healthy sleep routine. 

Being Safe With the Sun

Now that you know the added benefits of soaking up the sun's rays, be sure to take the proper steps to keep your skin safe. Here are some suggestions from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

  • Applying sunscreen - Applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you head outside and reapplying every two hours throughout the day can help protect you from different degrees of skin damage. Don't forget to reapply after swimming or excessive sweating too!
  • Understanding SPF - Understanding the differences in SPF is important. SPF stands for sun protection factor, so the higher the SPF the more protected you will be!
  • Purchasing the right kind - Purchasing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from both UVA rays and UVB rays is ideal. UVA, Ultraviolet A, is associated with skin aging, whereas UVB, Ultraviolet B, is associated with skin burning!

Enjoying the Sun

Now that you know all about the added benefits of spending time in the sun, and how to properly protect yourself, go ahead and step outside. It's time to relax and enjoy the upcoming summer days with your friends and family! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Farmington, Utah.

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