Reasons why you should expose yourself to sunlight for at least 10 minutes a day

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 09, 2018
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  • 10 minutes exposure to sunlight is beneficial for health
  • Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D
  • Know other health benefits of sunlight exposure

You might be escaping from sunlight as much as possible. We often hear that sunrays are harmful to our health. But it is not true, only excess exposure to sunlight is harmful. You must expose yourself to sunlight for at least 10 minutes a day because it offers various health benefits. We all know that sunlight is a good source of vitamin D but it is beneficial to our health in many other ways. Here are five reasons why you should expose yourself to sunlight for at least 10 minutes a day.

The best source of vitamin D

It becomes hard to find natural sources of vitamin D. Sunlight is considered as the best source of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays some vital roles a healthy living. When your skin is exposed to sunlight it makes vitamin D from cholesterol. Some sources of vitamin D include cod liver oil, salmon and egg yolks but sunlight is considered more effective to provide vitamin D than these. You should expose yourself for at least 10 to 15 minutes to get enough quantity of sunlight.

Also read: Sunlight can Lower Blood Pressure

Lowers blood pressure

When you are exposed to sunlight you skin releases a compound called nitric oxide, which helps majorly in lowering blood pressure. If you have the problem of high blood pressure then you should expose yourself to sunlight for at least 15 minutes to see effective results. There are various methods to lower down your blood pressure like cutting salt intake. Exposure to sunlight is another natural and easy way to control your blood pressure.

Helps you sleep better

Sleep deprivation can be naturally treated by exposure to sunlight for some minutes. It helps in maintaining a normal circadian rhythm, which includes physical, mental and behavioural changes that follow a 24 hours cycle and the body responds to light and darkness of the environment. Bright light helps you kick-start your day and keeps you energetic throughout the day. 

Improves mental health

Sun exposure increases serotonin levels, which makes you energetic and active. Lower levels of serotonin can lead to major depression. When sunlight enters through your eyes a part of retina triggers the release of serotonin. Sunlight exposure helps in treating seasonal depression, mood variation and makes you feel happier.

Also read: Does a Lack of Sunlight Trigger Myopia?

Reduces the risk of certain cancers

Sunlight also helps in reducing the risk of developing certain kinds of cancers. Deficiency of vitamin D can trigger the development of various cancers like breast cancer and colon cancer. According to few researches those who are not exposed to sunlight are more likely to have some certain cancers. Sunlight, which is a good source of vitamin D, can contribute to controlling the risk of developing cancer.

Too much exposure to sunlight is very harmful. You should expose yourself to sunlight for a short period of time only. Excess sun exposure is linked to increased skin cancer risk and other skin allergies. You should not expose yourself to sunlight for more than 15 minutes. You should always apply sunscreen before stepping out if you are going to spend your whole day outside. Sun exposure more than 15 to 20 minutes can lead to some serious diseases.

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