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Summer season always trouble all of us in many ways and the amount of sunlight in this season is like always 10 on 10. But if I would say that this sun- beams can help you in many other good ways, then? Yes, you heard it right. Since long, we have been told to cover ourselves while going out in the sun to cut the risk of getting skin cancer or skin burn. But now, it seems that a little bit of sunshine on your body is actually good for you.
Studies have shown that a sensible amount of sun reduces the risk of several cancers and other serious health conditions. Thanks to vitamin D which is build up in our bodies through the action of the sun's UVB rays on our skin.Let's find out how sun-rays are beneficial for us.
BYE-BYE to heart disease!
A study in the Singapore Medical Journal showed that people in Asia are more likely to die of heart disease in winters than in summer, which is believed to be because of low levels of vitamin D.
No more suffering from aches and pains
Being out in the sun helps to warm the body's muscles and eases stiffness, also reduces the pain caused by inflammatory conditions such as ARTHRITIS.
Boosts fertility
The sun reduces levels of the hormone melatonin which suppresses fertility, so it is more likely you'll conceive in summer.
Power up your immune system
SUNLIGHT encourages the production of white blood cells, which help to boost your immune system and fight infection.
Beats period problems
About one in five women of childbearing age suffer from polycystic ovary disease which causes abnormal periods, unwanted body hair and infertility. Half of 14 women treated with vitamin D and calcium. So, ultimately getting Vitamin-D direct from sunlight may help to cure this problem.
Beats SAD (obviously, it’s not sadness)
SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the winter blues - is a depression specifically caused by lack of sunlight. Lightboxes can be used to treat it, although, increased exposure to natural sunlight is more beneficial.
Want yourself to cheer up? Take sunlight!
A day without sunshine is just similar to a DARK NIGHT. Sunshine boosts levels of serotonin - the body's natural happy hormone. That's why we tend to feel happier and more energetic when the sun shines.
Helps to lose weight!
The higher levels of serotonin in your bodies not only make you feel happy but it also suppresses the appetite, so you'll eat less in warm weather.
You can also get vitamin D from your diet - oily fish, such as salmon and tuna, is a good source and also in margarine, milk, eggs, and fortified breakfast cereals. But most of us simply don't eat healthily enough to get adequate amounts, leaving the sun as the primary source of this important vitamin.
PRECAUTIONS: - Never overdo the sun - burning and excessive exposure will increase your risk of skin cancer. Cover up or apply sunscreen (minimum SPF15) after your initial vitamin D-boosting burst.
Stay FIT and stay tuned to LOPSCOOP!
Image Credit - Vikas Kakkar
Author - Adnan Alam
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