8 Reasons to love the sun

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 16, 2015

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The benefits of exposure to sun are immense. It is just that you must know how to put it to the right use. From having a healthy skin to having a healthy heart, here we tell you all the benefits that the sun can have on you.
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    Benefits of the Yellow Star!

    Sun, the yellow star, is the largest object located at the center of our solar system. This object contains approximately 98 percent of the total mass of the solar system. The sun is believed to have been active for 4.6 billion years and carries sufficient fuel to go on five billion years more. But all these geographical details would not have interested you if existence of sun would not have been such a boon for the humans. Our planet Earth being the third closest to the sun receives ample sunlight to give enormous health benefits to its inhabitants. So, here are some reasons why you must love the sun.

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    Cures Skin Diseases

    There are many skin related diseases like psoriasis and fungal infection which can be cured by exposure to sun's radiations for about four weeks. Exposure to sunlight can also be an effective cure for vitiligo, which is a condition that leads to depigmentation of skin. Curing skin diseases is one of the most important health benefits of sunlight.

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    Great Source of Vitamin D

    Sun is one of the best sources of vitamin D, which boosts the immune system and strengthens teeth and bones. Besides, exposure to sunlight can cure allergy, asthma, muscle weakness and depression. The UV radiations emitted by the sun can kill germs too.

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    Mood Elevator

    If you have not been feeling upbeat about life today, go out in the sun and relax. A research shows that when you go out in the sun, it relaxes your mind and relieves stress. Thus, exposure to sun can work as an excellent mood lifter.

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    Maintains Heart Health

    If you have blood pressure problems, spend some time in the sun. It can bring your blood pressure to normal level and reduce excess cholesterol in the body. Thus, spending some time under the sun could be a good exercise for your heart.

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    Cancer Prevention

    The health benefits of sun are numerous and one of them is prevention of various kinds of cancer. The exposure to sunlight can prevent breast, colon and prostate cancer. But, you must stay cautious because over exposure can lead to skin cancer.

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    Helps in Better Sleep

    When sunlight enters your eyes, it sends a signal to the brain through optical nerve. This increases the production of melatonin, a chemical whose occurrence in abundance can lead to a good night’s sleep.

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    Body Cleansing

    Walking in the sun for a few hours will make your body sweat a lot, thus increasing the need for water. As a result, we drink more water to compensate for the lost liquid. When we drink more water, it clears the toxins from our body through the urine and sweating cleanses the pores of the skin, making it healthier.

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    Helps Staying Energetic

    Exposure to sun's rays can increase the capacity of red blood cells to carry oxygen to the body which helps us remain active. So, the next time you feel lethargic just go out in the sun to recharge your body.

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