Why you need sunshine in your life - Emily Skye

Why you need sunshine in your life

Why you need sunshine in your life

Being an Australian, where the summers get very hot, we are constantly being warned not to spend too much time in the sun and to “Slip Slop Slap” (slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat and sunglasses). It is true that excess sunlight, especially in hot countries, can cause skin damage and even skin cancer, however, there are also many health reasons why a moderate amount of sunshine is actually crucial to your health and happiness!

Did you know that sunshine:

  1. Helps wake you up - Being woken up as sunshine streams through your window is an excellent way to switch off the production of melatonin (the hormone that regulates sleep and wakefulness). This helps stimulate your brain, making you feel alert and ready for your day!
     
  2. Strengthens your bones - Sunshine provides us with the majority of our vitamin D, a vitamin that is essential for effectively processing calcium and supporting strong bones.
     
  3. Boosts your serotonin levels - Sunshine is a natural way to boost your serotonin levels (a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating moods and keeping you happy). Even just as little as a 5 minute walk in the sun can help ease your stress levels, boost your serotonin levels and leave you feeling calmer and more relaxed.
     
  4. Increases fertility - If you are trying to conceive then it might interest you to know that sunlight, which helps us produce vitamin D, actually helps boost progesterone levels by 13% and oestrogen levels by 21%!
     
  5. Keeps your heart healthy - The UV rays from sunlight release a compound called nitric acid, that actually works to lower blood pressure. This not only helps protect your heart, but it also reduces your risk of stroke.
     
  6. Gives you a summer glow - On a completely superficial level, sunlight gives you that warm healthy glow! So even though it is important to Slip, Slop Slap in the summer time in warmer countries, it is just as important to get a little sunshine on a daily basis (when you can!) all year round. 

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