We often repeatedly hear warnings about the dangers of sun exposures. Skin care products, creams, lotions, and even makeup contain sunscreen to block out the sun’s rays. While too much sun and especially sunburns are indeed damaging, a healthy dose of the sun can be natural and beneficial. Here are 10 ways moderate sun exposure can benefit your health and well being.
1. Light up Brain Function
The fact is, glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses block the eyes from the suns rays. This inadvertently blocks the sun’s benefits as well. Being indoors with no windows also has the same effect. There are cells in our eyes that are photosensitive. These cells act together with the hypothalamus area to set our biological clocks. This influence our sleep patterns and hormone production. Sun exposure also influences the pineal gland, which produces melatonin. Melatonin is an important sleep hormone that also affects digestion and skin. Studies show that receiving sun early in the day improves thinking and cognition as well.
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