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Sunlight and mental health: Spending 10 minutes in the sun can improve your health and help you stay healthy

I am very sure that this is no news to many people about the relationship between our skin and the morning sun. Well, for a proper understanding of how it occurs keep reading. The sun contains ultraviolet (UVB) rays which hit our skin cells when we go under the sun, then it provides energy for vitamin D synthesis to occur.

People lack this vitamin but 10 minutes under the morning sunlight every day can help with the right amount of vitamin D. This is important because lack of vitamin D can be linked to the cause of depression, osteoporosis, muscle fragility and weakness, cancer, etc. This is sometimes overlooked but can also help improve your mood and your state of mind. Morning sunshine can make your day and improve your health.


Here are the benefits of sunlight.
Sunlight and darkness both trigger the secretion of different hormones in the body. Sunlight increases the release of serotonin in the brain. The hormone is associated with is said to be associated with boosting our mood and helps us to be more active. Decreased exposure to sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin levels thereby causing your mood to change this can even lead to depression. A good example or practical example is during rainy days, we feel dull and want to stay in bed all day but during sunny days we are so active and want to go to the beachside. This is another reason people gets depressed during winter.


Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin which is produced naturally when we are directly exposed to sunlight and it is very important for the bones and teeth. Vitamin regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and facilitating normal immune system function. If the body doesn't get the right amount of Vitamin D it can result in bone health issues such as soft bones osteomalacia or fragile bones osteoporosis. Vitamin D helps to fight against diseases, heart disease, cancer, etc.

Exposure to ultraviolet-B radiation in the sun rays causes a person’s skin to create vitamin D. According to one study from 2008Trusted Source, in a 30-minute period while wearing a swimsuit, people will make the following vitamin D levels:
50,000 international units (IUs) in most Caucasian people
20,000 to 30,000 IUs in tanned people
8,000 to 10,000 IUs in dark-skinned people. 

It helps to increases weight loss.



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14 comments

  1. This is so true! I work in a mental health hospital, which is basically a locked down facility. One group I enjoy doing with my patients is the outside group - we spend 45 minutes to an hour basking in the sunlight and I've noticed that it does uplift their mood!

    Eena ☼ cabin twenty-four

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  2. Totally right. Great you change lives.

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  3. Such a great post! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. I love sunbathing, or maybe being tanned, hahah. I thin it's best when there's a cool wind during the day, so it's not that hot, yet you can still sunbath.
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    Mona Bednarska

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  5. This is such a great post! I totally agree that sunlight is essential in improving mental health! That is definitely the reason why I love being outdoors so much! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for all the tips! The sun is always so important!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

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