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I don’t know where you are, FIRST NAME, but in my neck of the woods signs of spring are popping up everywhere! The most obvious though is all the SUNSHINE Like most people, I’ve been slowly crawling out of my house, squinting up at the sun with my arms shielding my eyes. Something compels us to want to go out into it and feel its warmth on our skin.
Although the overwhelming brightness may hurt your eyes after months of not seeing the sun, it’s a glorious tool for our health. Here are 7 of the health benefits we receive from the sun.
When your eyes are exposed to sunlight, serotonin--a neurotransmitter that regulates mood--is triggered to be released by the retinas. And when the sun hits your skin, your body makes dopamine-- another happy neurotransmitter
Researchers don’t totally know why yet, but cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure tend to occur more frequently in the northern areas of the world rather than the south. It’s possible that when UV radiation hits our skin, it triggers our bodies to make nitric oxide, which lowers blood pressure and therefore, lowers the risk of heart disease.
A boost in serotonin from the sun could provide a boost in energy. When serotonin levels are lower, we tend to be drowsier so a bit of sun can help beat the fatigue.
Similar to cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases and MS seem to be more prevalent in the northern areas as well. The risk of cancer also seems to decrease for those who spend time in the sun.
Vitamin D is easy to overdose on in the summertime. Just by exposing yourself to ultraviolet light from the sun for 15 minutes per day is enough to provide all the vitamin D required.
Getting outside in the sun can be a huge stress relief for a variety of reasons. The release of serotonin and dopamine, the fresh air, or the exercise you are getting outside can all attribute to reduced stress.
Seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder is triggered by the lack of sunlight in the winter. When the seasons change and there are more days with sun, those who suffer from SAD tend to experience relief from their symptoms.
Take advantage of the sunlight and try to get out in it for at least a few minutes every day, especially if you live in a place where the sun doesn’t shine all year round!
P.S. A new program is coming to Beachbody on Demand! It’s called 10 Rounds and VIP Early Access begins on Monday, April 6!
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