The sun’s rays provide warmth and light that enhance your general feeling of well-being and stimulate blood circulation. Some UV radiation is essential to the body as it stimulates the production of vitamin D. Vitamin D has an important function in increasing calcium and phosphorus absorption from food and plays a crucial role in skeletal development plus bone strength, immune function and blood cell formation. There is no doubt that a little sunlight is good for you!
It makes you happy.
Exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin levels. It is believed that the brain when exposed to sunlight, excretes serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone responsible for improving mood, calmness and mental clarity.
Lack of sun exposure and vitamin D deficiency have been linked to many
serious chronic diseases:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Infectious diseases
- Cardiovascular disease
- Deadly cancers
It is estimated that there is a 30 to 50% reduction in risk for developing colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer by either increasing vitamin D intake to least 1000 IU/d vitamin D or increasing sun exposure to raise blood levels.