15 Reasons Why the Sun is Good for You October 13 2015
Sunshine cheers you up, especially when combined with exercise.
SUNSHINE boosts levels of serotonin - the body's natural happy hormone. That's why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines. Regular sun can stave off moderate depression, particularly if combined with exercise, such as a walk in the park. It's also been shown that exercising outdoors creates more endorphins in the body than exercising indoors.
- Your vitamin D levels will go up
- You’ll get more exercise (especially if you’re a child)
- You’ll be happier (especially if your exercise is ‘green’)
- Your concentration will improve
- You may heal faster
Summer is the best time to optimize your UVB exposure which gives you vitamin D. But year round sun exposure gives you endorphins and nitric oxide, all essential to overall wellness and better moods.
A fun history of sunshine.
Sunlight therapy was also used in the UK on children to prevent and treat rickets, a condition which affects bone development. Today it is known that as well as spending some time in sunlight, rickets can easily be prevented by eating a diet that includes vitamin D and calcium. But in the 1930s, many schools got sunlamps, and some taught classes outside. Some animals ended up receiving similar treatment.