Sun’s Out, Go Out

 In Blog, The Great Outdoors

The days are heating up as summer’s just around the corner, and there is no better moment to spend time outdoors. Go out there and catch some rays.

3 Reasons To Spend Time In The Sun

Picnic in ColoradoYes. Overexposing to direct sunlight is dangerous, but no one ever said the sun is bad all the time. Everything in moderation. If you are planning on spending extended periods of time in the sun, be sure to protect yourself with sunscreen. You want all the benefits, not the harm. Here are some real good reasons to soak up the sun while you can. After all, this is what you’ve been waiting for all year long.

Sunlight Regulates Your Biological Clock

Research shows that you can overcome jetlag by exposing yourself to the sun at the right time during the morning. Melatonin is the hormone that regulates the circadian rhythm, and our bodies produce this hormone at night. Getting sun in the morning lets your brain know it’s daytime and will reprogram your brain to stop producing melatonin until it’s nighttime again.

According to the National Institutes of Health, you’ll sleep better if you get an hour of natural light in the morning.

Source: Business Insider

Vitamin D Fights CancerSun Fights Off the Winter Blues

Light drives out darkness, and this applies to winter depression also. This is also called seasonal affective disorder, and it’s caused by several elements, including the reduction of sunlight. As a treatment, health professionals often recommend spending more time outdoors or will also prescribe phototherapy, which is exposing yourself to bright light that mimics the sun.

Sun Can Help Prevent Cancer

Some studies have shown that Vitamin D is key in the process of regulating cell growth and monitoring communication between cells. This can contribute to reducing cancer progression as it slows the development and growth of new blood vessels in cancerous tissues.

It’s about time you start enjoying the great outdoors this year. Go camping, hiking, rafting, enjoy nature and get all the benefits of the sun while you’re at it. Just be safe and always provide proper sun protection to your skin.