Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sunlight for Better Health

Posted On : September 04,2013

Going out in the sun is not something that you will like, especially when you are living in a tropical place like India.

The rays of the sun can be harsh, it can give you tan, wrinkles, dark spots, even cancers – yes you have been hearing so many ill-effects of sunlight.

But the health benefits of sunlight can easily outweigh its harmful effects.

Despite being hot, humid, ruthless and fiery, sunlight for optimum health is indispensable. No doubt, the harmful UV rays can cause cancers and skin problems but lack of sunlight can lead to a deficiency of Vitamin D.

Researchers have also gone to the extent of finding that common health problems faced by people are due to insufficient sunlight.

HealthyDunia.com shares 8 health benefits of Sunlight:
 
Better Bone Health
When you are exposed to sunlight, your body produces Vitamin D. Sun is the main source of Vitamin D and this nutrient is essential for the absorption of calcium into the bones. To have stronger bones, Vitamin D is required. Higher blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a lower rater of fractures of virtually all types; lower blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a higher rate of fractures of all types.
 
Enhances Alertness
You must have seen people relaxing in the beach to get a tan. Well apart from that, it is believed that those who spend longer hours in the sun are more alert and attentive towards the evening. Get rid of fatigue and lethargy – go out and enjoy the sunlight.
 
Improves Sleep
Studies have found that a hormone called melatonin is produced in your body when it comes in contact with sunlight. This melatonin keeps you active during the day and makes you fall asleep at night. In other words, you will fall sleepy only when it is dark, hence maintaining the natural body clock.
 
Burns Fat
Good news for those who wish to look slim! A recent study has indicated that sunlight helps to burn subcutaneous fats, which is basically the fat stored under the skin. However it needs to be mentioned that burning this type of fat is of little benefit to your heart health, yet it surely will help you to look slim.
 
Lifts your mood
A lot of people experience sadness or feel low when there is long period of dull and gloomy weather without sunshine. Though you may feel hot, yet a sunny day is the best when it comes to instantly lifting your mood.
 
Protection from diseases
One of the major health benefits of sunlight is protection against auto-immune diseases. The UV rays of the sun help in suppressing the hyperactivity of the immune system which will give protection against diseases like psoriasis.
 
Beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients
Clinical research has shown that exposure to sunlight throughout the day coupled with darkness at night can help improve some aspects of Alzheimer’s disease like - reducing agitation, increasing sleep efficiency, decreasing nighttime wakefulness, and decreasing nighttime activity in suffering patients.
 
Lowers Asthma attacks
Asthma is a breathing disorder that is mainly due to allergies. When you are exposed to sunlight, you are decreasing your susceptibility to allergies. Hence experts believe that sunlight is beneficial for people with allergies as it reduces the chances of an apparent asthma attack.