Surely our life would be much more melancholy without the sun. It is not for nothing that the transition from autumn-winter to spring is the hardest because the lack of sun has affected our physical and mental condition a lot.
Therefore, when the first rays of the sun appear, our state instantly changes and we feel as if we have just been revived.
Instead, the love we have for the sun comes with both positive and negative elements, but we are sure of one thing, without the sun and its rays we are lost.
Therefore, I invite you to find out together the effects of the sun on the body.
1. It builds stronger bones
Calcium is an essential element in the body’s bone architecture, but vitamin D is also essential for the health of bones and teeth, as it regulates calcium metabolism and its amount in the blood. In addition, this vitamin strengthens the immune system and allows you to prevent osteoporosis, diabetes, dementia, cardiovascular disease or certain types of cancer. Vitamin D is synthesized under the influence of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
It is enough to expose your face and arms to the sun for 10-15 minutes a day or once every two days to ensure that you need vitamin D (do not use sunscreen in those minutes). There is no need to sit in the sun in the middle of the day: a coffee break in front of the window or a short walk in the park somewhere between 9.00 and 11.00 would be ideal.
2. It gives you energy
The sun also intervenes in our psychological balance: it restores our good mood and tone, brings back the smile on our lips. Numerous studies have shown that lack of light can cause seasonal depression during the fall-winter period. How do you explain the antidepressant effect of the sun?
The visible rays of the sun cause in the body, from the moment the light is perceived, a discharge of endorphins, those hormones that give us the feeling of happiness and peace. Therefore, take advantage of the beneficial rays and walk for 15 minutes daily in full natural light.
3. It makes your sleep more restful
Thanks to retinal receptors, light stimulates the secretion of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep and more. Melatonin is considered the conductor, of our internal clock because the secretion of other hormones also depends on its proper functioning. It is activated only at night, to allow other hormones to enter the scene during the day. But in order to sleep well at night, you must have had enough natural light during the day.
4. It makes your skin cleaner
Although this subject may become controversial and many would tend to deny it, some studies suggest this.
Of course, the use of SPF protection against it is important and should not be neglected, but sometimes, at least twice a week it is good to leave the skin unprotected to taste a little sunlight.
Infrared rays have an antiseptic effect on the skin, acting as a disinfectant. That’s why, after a few days at the beach, you notice that your skin is cleaner, your skin is smoother and that the few pimples you had have disappeared like a charm. Keep in mind, however, that this positive effect is only valid if you have generally problem-free skin.
If you have a complexion with acne tendencies, when you return from vacation you could wake up with unpleasant surprises. Although the infrared rays are clean, under the effect of ultraviolet the pores are clogged and the pimples can reappear more violently. So, protect yourself with a special sunscreen for acne-prone skin.