All The Health Benefits Of Fresh Air And Sunshine On Sun Island Shanghai!
by Lee Sok Lian｜李淑莲
Summer is here!
The island is truly at its most beautiful. Take a look at the images in this post!
An ardent sun worshipper, I am making the most of the sunshine this summer, taking long walks with guests and friends, and sharing the joys of this enchanting island with everyone I know. I could not help noticing that those who are out in the sun all the time ---- like the golfers, the gardeners, farmers, caddies and other outdoor workers --- are generally stronger, fitter and healthier than those who avoid the sun.
Research conducted by Olay Total Effects reveals that those who boast a healthy tan are regarded as being more attractive than those who have pale skin.
8 Health Benefits Of Getting Adequate Sunshine:
- Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D helps in calcium absorption, necessary for building strong bones and teeth. Our bodies have the ability to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight, forming D3. Vitamin D also slows bone density loss, which helps prevent osteoporosis, fractures, and other bone health issues.
- Vitamin D helps to prevent various cancers including prostate, lung, ovarian, colon and breast cancers. Health experts have recently discovered that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the cancers listed above.
- Sunshine reduces the symptoms of depression by producing endorphins, the body’s natural anti-depressants. It cures seasonal depression disorder (SAD) by boosting serotonin levels, the body’s “happy hormone”, associated with making us feel happy and more energetic.
- Sunshine increases the production of both red and white blood cells, thus boosting the immune system. Research also shows that sunshine can help decrease high blood pressure. Sunshine benefits health by increasing metabolism and maintaining blood sugar levels, the reason being that being outdoors promotes activity, which naturally fights obesity, leading to weight loss.
- Sunshine kills harmful viruses and bacteria. Many disease microbes are killed by sunshine. For this reason, sunshine is considered a natural antibiotic and is believed to be effective in treating certain skin complications like eczema, acne and psoriasis.
- Some studies suggest that vitamin D can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, with one study suggesting that those with high levels of the vitamin are less likely to develop it than those with low levels.
- Vitamin D has been linked to lower incidence of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Spending time outdoors and in the sun reduces stress and helps us sleep better. Studies have shown that exposure to bright daylight helps regulate our circadian rhythms, promoting better sleep habits and quality sleep cycles.
Excess exposure to sunlight may be harmful to the skin, so even as we get out in the sunshine, we should remember to integrate sun protection into our daily routine and enjoy the sun responsibly.