Are You Taking Your Daily Dose Of Sunlight?

Though too much of the sun’s hot rays can be detrimental for our skin, the right amount can be just as beneficial. Serotonin is a vital hormone released by the brain, when we are exposed to sunlight. It is a neurotransmitter that helps to transmit messages from one point of the brain to the other. Since it is present throughout the body, it is supposed to control a range of emotional and other body functions. Most of the brain cells are impacted by serotonin. The brain cells regulate a lot of functions like appetite, sleep, mood, sexual desire, memory etc. It also affects our endocrine, muscular and cardiovascular system. And there’s more to it, serotonin helps us in feeling relaxed and gives us better focus.

There are numerous health benefits of sunlight:
Boosts Vitamin D: Vitamin D is produced by the sun’s UV rays exposure on our skin and surprisingly, about 90 percent of the total Vitamin D in our body is generated by the sun. It is vital for absorbing the crucial bone building nutrient calcium, maintaining our bone health, and protecting us against diseases like arthritis, SAD, osteoporosis and health disorders Type II diabetes.
Prevent SAD: Inadequate sunlight exposure can lead to poor serotonin levels and low levels of serotonin are linked with a high risk of SAD (seasonal affective disorder also termed as winter blues). SAD is a type of mood disorder, a type of seasonal depression that is set off by varying seasons. The symptoms are anxiety, depression, poor appetite, pessimistic feelings etc.

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