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Health Benefits From the Power of the Sun
A Little Sun Can Be Fun
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.