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Health Benefits From the Power of the Sun

Updated on April 17, 2013

A Little Sun Can Be Fun

The Sun has Healing and Therapeutic Powers
The Sun has Healing and Therapeutic Powers

Most people are afraid these days of being in the sun because of the negative information they constantly hear about the effects of sun exposure, getting skin cancer and premature aging, therefore the sun has been labeled as one of nature most harmful elements.

Actually the sun has amazing healing and therapeutic powers. We all know that too much of anything that is good could cause damage, including sun exposure. The key to good health comes in moderation.

Just as the flowers need sun exposure to grow, the human body needs the exposure to stay healthy and prevent chronic diseases. Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D which is naturally produced by the sun. A lack of vitamin D can leave one open to illnesses.

There have been research studies from Tuffs University stating that just by getting at least 20 minutes of sun exposure 3 times a week cut the risk of diabetes as much as 28%. The reason why is due to the sun exposure to the skin, it kick starts production of vitamin D. This nutrient helps control insulin secretion by the pancreas.


How Much Sun Exposure is Needed to Maintain Health

Only ten to fifteen minutes of sunlight a day is all you need. Did you know that getting the proper sun exposure can have affects on your physical and mental health?

Haven’t you notice how your attitude changes when it's sunny outside. It has a mental affect on how you feel and can improve your mood. Sun exposure can reduce stress, anxiety and help you sleep better. Again, just adding a little moderate sun exposure can help fight depression

I can recall many of times when I was sick or felt very fatigue. I exposed myself to the early morning sunlight. I felt my energy return and I had a sense of wellness return to my body just from those few minutes in the sun.

There have been recent studies stating that vitamin D may help prevent the flu and even help reduce the duration. Maybe if everyone added just a little more sunshine to their lives, we will have fewer cases of flu epidemics.

Researchers have discovered that a little sun exposure can be good for the heart and can prevent high blood pressure due to the natural source of vitamin D from the sun. Isn't it amazing what a little sunshine can do?


Let’s bring a little sunshine back into our lives just 10-15mins a day, and reap all the natural health benefits of the sun, vitamin D and improving our overall health.


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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Good read Cat. Thanks for the info and look forward to reading more in the future. Blessings, Bobby.

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Thanks Bill! I do plan on writing very soon and appreciate all you encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you write more soon. You are a good writer and you can be better. Right now I wish we had a little more sun here in western Washington. :)

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Thanks Rose-the planner for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this article and find it useful. I believe moderation is the key in everything we do, because to much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing if where not careful.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! The sun is very important for everyone. As with everything, moderation is important as well as knowing what time of day is best. However, everyone needs to also be cognizant of the dangers associated with too much exposure as well. It shocks me every time I go away and see people extremely tanned or burnt sitting out in the sun for hours. It's crazy! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Absolutely true. Learned it a little late (at age 41) but better late than never!

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Thanks epbooks for your comment. I glad you enjoy this hub. I seem to draw my energy from the sun when I feel fatigue to give me that lift. A little daily sunshine can make a difference in how you feel.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Voted this up and shared. I had to go to the doctor last year due to fatigue and my Vit D was at 20! It should be at least 30. (at the very least). Even though I live in Vegas, I rarely went outside due to being at work all of the time. Now, my health comes first. Even though you can take vit d vitamins, I do try to be outside at least 15 min per day. Voted up and shared. I hope others see this. :)

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      I appreciate your comment Yeash, I'm glad you enjoy this hub and found it useful.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Yeash, it is about time someone wrote and article on this subject. I could not agree with you more. Thank you for the wonderful info and research.. Keep up the great work.

      Voted up for useful and awesome

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      loksmi, I agree with you. I can't imagine living without the sun.

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      You're so right Marlene. The sun does gives you a splurge of energy when your fatigue or not feeling well. I appreciate your comment!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Sunlight is one of my favorite remedies. Whenever I start feeling like I'm coming down with something, I take a nap in the sun. After a bit of rest in the sun I start to feel better. It's amazing how being in the sun can make a difference in how I feel.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I agree with you catmalone. Exposure to sunlight is very important and the early morning time is the safest. Just 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight is enough.

      Voted up.