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Sunshine on a rainy day... Benefits of regular, daily sun exposure.

Sunshine offers more than just a bright day; it's also a vital ingredient for your health. Let's break down the benefits of including some regular, but short exposure to the sunlight each day:


  1. Vitamin D Boost: The sun assists production of Vitamin D in your body, a superstar nutrient that supports your immune system.

  2. Mood Lifter: Ever noticed how a sunny day makes you feel happier? That's because sunlight encourages your brain to release serotonin, a hormone that boosts your mood and helps you feel calm and focused.

  3. Sleep & Rhythm: Regular sunlight exposure helps set your body's internal clock (circadian rhythm), improving sleep quality and improving energy levels.

  4. Immune Boost: Besides bone health, Vitamin D from sunlight plays a role in strengthening your immune system, helping your body fight off illnesses.

Although soaking up some sunshine can do wonders for your health, it's crucial to balance it with safety measures to avoid the downsides, like skin damage or a increased risk of skin cancer. Here are simple tips to enjoy the sun safely:


  • Sunscreen is a Must: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Reapply every two hours, or more if you're swimming or sweating.

  • Dress Smart: Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and hats for added protection.

  • Shade and Timing: Enjoy the sun during the cooler parts of the day, typically before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., and seek shade during peak hours.

Parting words

Finding the right balance between getting enough sunlight to reap its health benefits and protecting yourself from the risks is crucial. So, go ahead, embrace the sunshine smartly, and let it boost your health and mood in the safest way possible.


References:

David G. Hoel, Marianne Berwick, Frank R. de Gruijl & Michael F. Holick (2016) The risks and benefits of sun exposure 2016, Dermato-Endocrinology, 8:1, e1248325,

DOI 10.1080/19381980.2016.1248325


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