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It’s Time to Soak Up the Sun

Don’t have time to get out and about? Some heliotherapy could do you a lot of good.

You hear all the time how dangerous sunlight is, especially for fair-skinned people. Skin cancer, premature aging, skin damage, and eye problems are all risks of frequent exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Because of these risks, many people avoid the sun at all costs and any time they step outdoors, all their exposed skin is covered in a thick layer of sunscreen.

Great at that is to prevent skin damage, those who don’t get any unfiltered sunlight are missing out on the benefits a little sunlight provides. Both your mental and physical health can be improved with sun exposure. Phototherapy, also known as heliotherapy, is the use of natural sunlight or artificial sources of light to treat various health conditions. But if you’ll step outside for a little dose of sun, you may get the benefits for free!

Fear the sun will ruin your skin? It may be time to change your view and find some sun for your face. Keep reading to see how small doses of the sun’s rays can actually do the body good.

It Kills Bacteria

Ultra-violet radiation may contribute to a host of negative health conditions, but it also has the effect of killing bacteria. Have a wound on your skin? Expose it to sunlight to help disinfect and speed healing.

It Improves Skin Health

People who spend time in the sun are less likely to suffer from acne and breakouts. A little sunlight is also good for treating eczema, psoriasis, and fungal infections. Before taking medication, why not try sitting in the sun a few minutes each day?

It Strengthens Bones

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for health. Only a small fraction of your recommended daily amount of vitamin D comes from food, the rest is made by the body when it’s exposed to sunlight. You need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium, a mineral that’s used to build strong bones and teeth.

Depression

Thousands suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that’s more common during the winter months when everyone stays indoors. SAD is also more common among people who work inside all day every day. Feeling down and out? Spend your lunch break outside each day. The sunlight increases production of the brain’s feel-good hormone serotonin, which boosts the mood, helps you feel calm, and keeps you focused.

It Supports the Immune System

The body uses white blood cells to fight off disease and stay healthy. A low white blood cell count usually means you’re sick. One way to increase your number of white blood cells and strengthen your immune system is to sit in the sunlight a few minutes each day to soak up some vitamin D.

It Lowers Blood Pressure

Sunlight has the powerful effect of lowering your blood pressure. Even a few minutes in the sun is able to lower high blood pressure. Most people may notice their blood pressure readings are higher in the winter months and lower in the summer. Sunlight is likely the cause. Without enough vitamin D, your body’s low on calcium and this raises your blood pressure.

It Reduces Cholesterol

Time in the sun is even good for your heart. As sunlight penetrates to the skin and reaches the blood, it works to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Sun exposure is one way to help treat atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries from cholesterol buildup).

It Prevents Cancer

While too much sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer, a moderate amount of sunlight reduces your risk of certain cancers. This is because vitamin D strengthens your immune system by boosting your number of white blood cells. Vitamin D also keeps cancer cells from growing and spreading.

So when you’re ready to push your health out of the dark, go get some sun!