Direct exposure to sunlight is a controversial topic. There are doctors and experts who warn against it and there are also several studies that document the benefits. The key to enjoying the healing power of the sun is to understand both sides and figuring out how much sunlight works for you personally. If you do decide to enjoy the benefits, be sure to slowly get your skin used to sun exposure.
Sunlight is good for many things besides tanning. Its benefits are plentiful. One of the sun’s most important benefits is that it’s a great natural source of Vitamin D, which is vital for the human body to absorb calcium and promote bone growth.
There are also several other physical and mental health benefits that doctors attribute to sunlight. Here are a few of them:
There are a litany of pharmaceutical drugs that are made to lower blood pressure, but did you know that a single exposure to sunlight lowers blood pressure for people who have high blood pressure?
Melanoma is often associated with sunlight, but the sun is actually beneficial in treating people who suffer from acne, eczema and fungal infections of the skin. Sunlight has also been known to kill bacteria and heal skin wounds.
Sunlight helps build up your immune system. White blood cells increase with sun exposure. These cells and these play a major role in defending the body against infections.
The sun can also help with mental health. When people’s serotonin levels drop they are susceptible to depression and seasonal affective disorder. Getting an adequate amount of sunlight actually reverses the issue and brightens people’s moods.
Whenever you are taking in sun rays, be sure that you drink plenty of Mountain Valley Water to stay hydrated. Tag us in your best outdoor summertime shots @mountainvalleywater.