Catch Me Outside, How About That?

Summer time is upon us!  More sun, more fun….more health benefits?! Yes! The sun can actually help boost your immune system or even lower your blood pressure! We’re sharing the several benefits to moderate sun exposure so you can catch some sunrays this summer!

 

Stronger bones and immune system
The sun helps us produce Vitamin D. Unlike other vitamins obtained through food, Vitamin D is created within the skin once exposed to sunshine. Vitamin D plays an active role in calcium metabolism and how the immune system functions.

Boosts Child growth
Sunlight can influence how tall a child can grow according to
several studies. If you are expecting or have a new bundle of joy, consider taking a brief walk in the daylight to help boost that growth!

 

Improved Wake/Sleep Cycle
When sun rays hit our eyes it stops the production of melatonin, a hormone that makes us drowsy. Getting the right amount of sun during the day helps us stay awake during the day and gets our sleep cycle on track to doze off at night.

Increases Brain function
Studies have shown that sunlight enhances the growth of some of our brain cells. The brain cells affected by sunlight are responsible for how we memorize facts and events. With our busy schedules and trying to maintain that work-life balance, our memory can always use a little help!

Lowers Blood Pressure
When sunlight makes contact with our skin, nitric oxide is released into the blood vessels. Nitirc what? Yes-it’s a chemical that researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland discovered helps lower blood pressure.

Positive Vibes
Ever wonder why you seem happier on sunny days rather than cloudy or gloomy days? Sunshine can make you happy! How? Well, our bodies contain a chemical called Serotonin, which stabilizes a person’s mood. Being in the sun increases one’s serotonin hormone levels, which will in turn make you more HAPPY!

Good stuff, right? So this weekend don’t be afraid to have a little fun in the sun. Moderate exposure to sunlight is key. Over exposure can be harmful. So, if you’re going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, don’t forget your sunscreen! Be sure you and your children wear sun screen with a SPF factor of at least 15, a hat, light clothing, and sunglasses for protection.

 

 

 

Image Sources:
http://www.articlesweb.org/health/strong-bones
http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1412641/sleeping-allows-brain-cleanse-itself-too-much-harmful
http://www.icsva.org/2017/03/27/happiness/