Tuesday, May 08, 2018 by Ralph Flores
Most people know that the sun benefits their health by providing vitamin D – the skin produces it when it is exposed to sunlight – but not everyone knows what those benefits are: It can relieve pain, burn fat, boost immunity and even covert energy. This just shows how deep our connection is with the sun.
While there isn’t a dearth of information on how vitamin D helps the body, the sun’s other health-giving benefits are just starting to be explored. In an article on GreenMedInfo.com, natural health expert Sayer Ji listed some of the known benefits that we get from sunlight exposure.
In talking about the sun, it’s just right to talk about the main health benefit of sunlight exposure, that is, vitamin D. While it carries the “vitamin” moniker, vitamin D is unique from other types of vitamins, mainly because the body makes it on its own after the skin is exposed to sunlight. Even more interesting is that food items alone cannot cover the minimum daily requirement for vitamin D as an alternative to sunlight.
Depending on your skin type, you may need anywhere from 15 minutes (for lighter skin types) to two hours (for darker skin types) to get your body to produce the vitamin D it needs to function.
It’s important to get vitamin D because it supports bone growth. In particular, calcium and phosphorus – minerals needed for developing bone strength and structure – require it to be properly absorbed. Aside from this, it also helps improve the immune system, cardiovascular function, and brain health. (Related: Vitamin D reduces inflammation caused by Type 2 diabetes.)
Conversely, a lack of vitamin D can lead to poor bone development – even diabetes, Chron’s disease, and certain forms of cancer.
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