The Benefits of Sunlight

By : James Yougler - Published On: December 31, 1969

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You probably do not know this, but exposing yourself to the sun can provide many benefits to the body.  Many have claimed that exposure to sunlight is deadly and quite harmful, even if it is minimum exposure. There are warnings about sunburn, skin cancer, and so many other things. Yes, you must be careful how much exposure you get, but don't stop exposure altogether! Sunlight provides many different remedies to your health, and if you take it in moderation, you'll be ok. Think of sunlight as giving you the energy of life and that little burst of light for happiness. So what are some benefits you can get from the sun?

  • Sunlight can help balance out the hormones during that time of the month, and even help relieve PMS symptoms.
  • You can get better sleep at night if you have sun exposure during the day. Melatonin is the hormone that your body releases in order to encourage sleep. Natural light exposure can increase the amount of melatonin your body releases at night. Hence you can get a better sleep.
  • Sunlight converts cholesterol into Vitamin D for your skin. This results in low cholesterol levels in your blood.
  • If you have muscle or joint pain, sunlight may help lower your level of pain.
  • Sunlight gives you a healthy skin complexion.
  • Sunlight provides growth for fruits and vegetables. It can help humans grow as well
  • A dose of sunshine can help boost your immune system by increasing your white blood cell count. The more white blood cells you have, the better your chances of fighting off infections in your body.
  • Jaundice can be treated quite effectively with sunlight exposure. 
  • Sun exposure can decrease risks of breast cancer and colon cancer. photo of a woman with hat under the sunlight
  • Liver function can improve with a good amount of sunlight exposure. Improvements in liver function can lead to an increase in toxin and waste breakdown in your body.
  • Blood circulation can get a huge boost if you expose yourself to sunlight. The more red blood cells you have, the more oxygen you will have circulating in your blood. 

These are just a few of the many benefits you can get from sunlight exposure. All you need is an average time of 9-10 minutes of sun exposure each day during the year. With those precious minutes, you will be reaping in the benefits!   Wondering what happens if you don't get enough sunlight? You'd rather not know. Basically, you get no benefits and that healthy body will fade away.   So get out there, seize the day, and soak up the sun!