Those first rays of daylight, bliss. After months of sitting indoors during the cold winter months, it feels incredibly good to feel the warmth of the sun. Below you will find 4 major benefits of what daylight does to your health. So, get out and enjoy the sun!
1. The sun is a vitamin D booster
There are no less than 13 vitamins that our body needs to be healthy. Vitamin D is one of the few vitamins that our body can produce itself. Under the influence of the UV rays from sunlight, our skin converts cholesterol into vitamin D. Vitamin D is also found in animal foods, such as fatty fish, meat or eggs, but the main source remains sunlight.
One thing is certain: a lot of people could always use a little extra of this vitamin! The amount of vitamin D produced depends on your age, the length of exposure to the sun, the amount of pigment in your skin, the intensity and wavelength of the UV rays, and the amount of uncovered skin.
Various studies and reports have shown that fifteen minutes to half an hour in the open air is sufficient for the production of vitamin D!
2. It’s good for your memory
The amount of oxygen you get from the sun stimulates your nerve cells. Therefore, the memory of people who occasionally sit in the sun is better than that of people who spend less time in the sun. Sunlight has a positive effect on your memory.
3. Good mood
UV radiation also has a positive effect on the production of endorphins, also known as the happiness hormone. This makes us feel more energetic and cheerful. In other words, a good dose of vitamin D also ensures a good mood.
4. Good for your bones and muscles
Vitamin D ensures that calcium from your diet can be absorbed into your blood, which is necessary for your bones and muscles to function properly. If you make too little vitamin D, you will absorb too little calcium, which in the long term can weaken your bones and also cause complaints such as muscle pain and fatigue.
Did these 4 benefits convince you that a little sun is good for your body? Then don’t wait to go outside and enjoy that daylight.