Thursday, July 11, 2013

Universal Health Benefits Of Sunlight

We all try to avoid the sunlight because it is harsh and it tans the skin. Especially if you live in tropical countries like India, the sun is pretty relentless. However, despite its fiery presence, the health benefits of sunlight are very much indispensable. Did you know that most of the common health problems that we face these days are because we don't go out into the sunshine at all?
Most medical experts believe that the health benefits of sunlight far outweigh its harmful effects. While it is true that the UV radiations of sunlight can cause skin cancer and various other skin problems, it is also true that you need sunlight in order to produce Vitamin D in your body. Many busy professionals who stay indoors from dawn to dusk have Vitamin D deficiency these days because they are not exposed to the sun at all.

But even apart from Vitamin D production, there are many other health benefits of sunlight that we do not know about. If you bask in the early morning sunlight, then you cut the risk of skin problems and other health risks. So all you have to do is drag yourself out of bed early and spend an hour enjoying the early morning sunshine.

Here are some of the best known health benefits of sunlight.

Vitamin D 
Production Exposure to sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D production in the body. Vitamin D as you know is essential for the absorption of calcium into the bones. That is why, Vitamin D is responsible for good bone health. 

Mood Lifter 
You have heard of the syndrome 'cabin fever'? Long periods of dull weather without sunshine has a depreciating effect on your mood. Going out into the sunshine is an instant way to clear away clouds of gloom. 

Attention Span 
It is believed that people who spend long hours in the sun (up to 6 hours a day) are much more alert and attentive in the evening. One of health benefits of sunlight is that it helps cut out fatigue. 

Body Clock 
 When we come in contact with natural sunlight, a hormone called melatonin is produced in our body. This helps to keep sleepiness at bay. So you will feel sleepy only when it is dark outside. So sunlight helps maintain the natural body clock. 

Burns Fat 
A recent scientific Study indicates that sunlight can help burn subcutaneous fats. This is basically the fat stored under the skin. While burning this fat does not help your cardiac health a great deal, but it surely helps you look slimmer. 

Helps Avoid Painkillers
 The sunlight is like a natural painkiller. This could partly be attributed to Vitamin D production fostered by sunlight. Statistics indicate that a healthy time spent in the sunshine reduces the need to pop painkiller pills.

Autoimmune Diseases 
 One of the major health benefits of sunlight is protection against auto-immune diseases. The UV rays of the sunlight helps suppress the hyperactivity of the immune system. This gives protection against diseases like psoriasis.

Asthma is a breathing disorder that is mainly owing to allergies. Exposure to sunlight can help to decrease your susceptibility to allergies. That is why, one of the health benefits of sunlight for people with allergies is that it reduces the chances of an asthma attack. 

Helps Alzheimer’s Patients 
 A research result conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association says, that a few hours in the sunshine helped Alzheimer's patients score better in memory tests.

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