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Much more than vitamin D: we give you 17 benefits why you should expose yourself to the sun

The sun is your friend. And yes, the messages from the 90s have done a lot of damage to our health and our minds, making us think that we should flee from the sun and that it is dangerous to expose ourselves daily and without protection. The objective of this article is that, from now on, you understand that the sun is your ally and not your enemy.

Benefits of sunbathing

  1. The sun is an essential source of vitamin D.
    Yes, we can supplement it. Yes, there are foods that include it in small quantities. But no, it will never be the same.
  2. Vitamin D lowers blood pressure.
    When we expose ourselves to the sun our skin releases nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels and is a super interesting substance for regulating blood pressure.
  3. Morning light regulates our internal clock.
    Waking up involves waking up our body and this means letting the sun shine on us and with this our body begins to manufacture the necessary hormones to improve our concentration.
  4. The afternoon light helps us sleep better.
    Hence the technique known as “sun gazing”: observing the sunset to chronoregulate ourselves and produce melatonin, the sleep hormone.
  5. The sun improves our immune system.
    So much so that it has been shown how our T-regulatory cells increase when exposed and that enhances our innate immune system, that is, the one that depends 100% on us.
  6. Strengthens our bones.
    Our bones are made up of calcium in large quantities. However, this calcium must be placed correctly, otherwise, no matter how much calcium I consume, I will be able to expel it again (just as it comes in, it comes out) or cause bone problems.
    Therefore, vitamin D is something like “the bricklayers” of our work, considering calcium our bricks. No matter how many bricks we accumulate, if there is no one to place them, there is no good building to build.
  7. It makes you ‘strong’.
    Good levels of vitamin D have been shown to help muscle regeneration after injury and low blood levels reduce muscle performance.
  8. Better mood and calmer.
    The sun helps us produce more serotonin (the hormone of happiness and tranquility), and it has been shown that people who are not exposed to sunlight are more likely to develop depression.
  9. You don’t need to have spots on your face.
    If we are cautious with the skin on our face, we should know that it is not the only area of ​​the body to expose. In fact, we can show arms and legs and it will have the same effect.
  10. Hormone up.
    When our body is exposed to ultraviolet light, our skin manufactures or collaborates in the production of hormones, which is why it functions as an essential endocrine organ.
  11. Improves recovery.
    This is what studies have shown that have verified how patients who rest in a sunny room after surgery recover more quickly than those who do so with artificial light.
  12. It gives us energy.
    It has been shown in studies that one hour of controlled sun exposure increases our energy and is equivalent to a cup of coffee.
  13. Reduces the chances of developing myopia.
    Obviously, there are always genetic factors, but it has been shown that our children currently spend half as much time in the sun as they did a decade ago, and this has influenced the increase in the development of myopia.
    It has been shown that every extra hour weekly exposed to natural light reduces the risk of myopia by 2%. That is why we saw during confinement how myopia in children accelerated, as they spent more time indoors.
  14. Reduces the chances of developing autoimmune diseases.
    Lack of sunlight depresses the immune system and, conversely, exposure enhances it, reducing the chances of developing diseases such as Crohn’s, asthma and multiple sclerosis.
  15. It helps us lose fat.
    Since sun exposure regulates our intestinal microbiota and our gut-brain axis. This makes the microorganisms in our gut do a better job and produce less fat. Additionally, fat cells perceive ultraviolet light and become smaller.
  16. They help us lose weight.
    Since sun exposure and vitamin D supplementation reduces our insulin resistance and is especially recommended for people with prediabetes or type II diabetes.
  17. It helps us think better.
    Animal studies have shown how sunlight helps us improve our brain plasticity and the production of new neurons. There is also evidence of how sun exposure increases cognitive performance.

Before finishing, I know that I have shared with you many ‘justifications’ for exposing yourself to the sun, and that if one thing has become clear to you, it is that you have to get out of the box.

But I would like to share with you that sun exposure must be responsibleideally in the middle of the morning and without protection and, depending on the color of your skin, for about 20 minutes. Ideally, this exhibition should be in motion. (don’t roast yourself like a shrimp, rather do yoga outdoors) and do it every dayThat is, don’t fry yourself in August and put yourself in a cave the rest of the year.

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