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The suns help the production of vitamin D in your body, which is beneficial to your health—just remember to protect your skin.

It's summer, which means spending time outside for many people. Every day, getting some sun on your arms and face can be beneficial to your body and mind. Skin cancer is, without a doubt, a serious concern that must be addressed. While it's critical to protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, soaking up a few daily rays can be beneficial to your health if you take precautions.

What are the benefits of spending time in the sun?

The sun can provide you with numerous benefits. The visible light of the sun (the light we can see versus the more harmful UV light we can't) and the vitamin D your body produces when your skin is exposed to the sun provide those significant health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits of sunlight.

1. Promote better sleep

"By trying to regulate the levels of serotonin and melatonin, sunlight promotes better sleep and sets people's circadian rhythms," says Alexis Parcells, MD, owner of Parcells Plastic Surgery and founder of SUNNIE Wrinkle Reducing Studio. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced in the body in the evenings to help the body prepare for sleep. When you wake up to bright light, your body stops producing melatonin, preparing you for the day ahead. The National Institutes of Health claims that getting an hour of light in the morning can help you sleep better at night.

2. Make you feel better

According to a 2020 study, low vitamin D levels are linked to a higher risk of depression. Getting some natural sunlight can help with depression symptoms and improve your overall mental health and well-being by increasing vitamin D production.

3. Boost your energy

"Sunshine sends signals to our brain that tells us to be alert and awake," goes on to say, Beth Goldstein, MD, a dermatologist at Central Dermatology Center and cofounder of Get Mr. "We have more energy during the sunny times of the year because our brains are more activated." To put it another way, getting outside can make you feel more alive and energetic.

4. Relieve mental-health-related symptoms

Bright light therapy (from a lightbox or the sun) has been shown in studies to help with bipolar depression and ADHD symptoms (ADHD). People suffering from eating disorders may benefit from light therapy. According to some studies, people with acute schizophrenia symptoms may have lower vitamin D levels than those who do not.

5. Reduce your blood pressure

According to Dr. Parcells, "exposure to sunlight causes the skin to release stores of nitrogen oxides, which causes arteries to dilate, lowering blood pressure." UV rays, not visible light, are responsible for this exposure. Lowering your blood pressure is beneficial to your cardiovascular health.

6. Lower metabolic syndrome risk

The sun's light, according to a 2020 study in mice, can help reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, excess body fat, and high blood sugar. This could be due to the fact that a specific wavelength of sunlight can penetrate deep enough into your body to have an effect on certain types of adipose (fat) tissue, potentially protecting you from metabolic syndrome.

7. Get rid of the inflammation

According to Dr. Goldstein, sunlight causes the immune system to be suppressed. While spending a lot of time in the sun to get UV radiation isn't recommended, it can help with inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne. In addition, sunlight has been linked to the improvement of autoimmune diseases like arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

8. Cancer prevention

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to certain cancers. Dr. Goldstein cautions that this association does not necessarily imply that increasing your vitamin D intake will lower your risk, but it is one that healthcare professionals are paying close attention to.

9. Healthier Bones

"Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphate from our diets," explains Dr. Parcells. "These minerals are required for the maintenance of healthy bones, teeth, and muscles." Vitamin D deficiency can harm bone health. Without this nutrient, your bones can become soft and weak. Long-term deficiency may lead to osteoporosis.

10. Increase life expectancy

Some people believe that getting enough sunlight and thus adequate levels of vitamin D can help you live longer. A 20-year study of 30,000 Swedish women found that those who spent more time in the sun lived up to two years longer than those who did not.

What happens if you don't get enough exposure to the sun?

Of sure, not getting enough sunlight can harm your body and mind. The seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression brought on by a lack of sunlight, such as during the winter months. Seasonal depression is a type of depression in which your mood is affected by the changing seasons. It can begin in late autumn or early winter and leave you feeling down, or "winter blues." The severity of the symptoms can vary. During the dark winter months, getting enough vitamin D and using a lightbox can help.

Both children and adults can suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Low levels of vitamin D in adults can make you feel tired, cause bone pain, muscle weakness, and change your mood. Low levels of this vitamin in children can lead to the disease rickets. "This causes poor growth patterns, muscle weakness, bone pain, and joint deformities," says Dr. Parcells. It can cause the ends of long bones in the legs to enlarge and the ribcage to become deformed if left untreated.




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