The Impact of The Sun On Your Mental & Physical Health: 5 Benefits of Sun Exposure

Author: Tracey Perry Johnson, RDH

“Sunshine on Me”, one of my new favorite summer hits sung by a new artist, Latto! Summer is my absolute favorite season! It brings with certainty spending time with my family at the beach and enjoying outdoor activities such as gardening, grilling and water sports. I simply enjoy the warmth of the sun rays beaming on my skin!

We are often warned about the risks of getting too much sun exposure. It’s true that sunburns and skin cancer are damaging results of too much sun exposure. However, adequate sun exposure offers plenty of benefits to your overall health.

1) Vitamin D

Vitamin D promotes the reduction of inflammation and modulates cell growth. It is very hard to get the proper amount of Vitamin D from food sources alone. The sun is the best natural source of Vitamin D and it only takes about 15 minutes of exposure a few times a week to gain the natural benefits of Vitamin D. If your exposure to the sun is longer than 15 minutes, be sure to use protection such as a hat and sunscreen.

2) Strong Bones

Low Vitamin D has been linked to Osteoporosis. One of the best benefits of Vitamin D is that it helps to achieve stronger bones and teeth. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium.

3) Heightened Mood

Researchers have found more health distress in people during seasons with little exposure to the sun, hence the term winter blues. Researchers have documented people with plenty of sun exposure have been associated with having better mental health. It has been proven that sun exposure has more impact on your mood than rain, temperature or any other environmental factor. The production of serotonin is increased while you are exposed to the sun.

4) Improved Quality of Sleep

The increase of serotonin along with the natural production of melatonin your body produces work together to help you achieve a more restful sleep.

5) Lower Blood Pressure

Lower blood pressure and improved heart health can also be benefited from sun exposure. Maintaining a healthy heart lowers your risk of heart disease such as heart attack and stroke. The sun exposure provides a natural relaxant. Relaxation helps to reduce stress and blood pressure.

As the summer comes to an end, take some time to soak up some SUN, it’s good for your mental and physical health!