The Sun is one of 100,000 million stars in the galaxy and about one fourth are much like it. Thus, there is no shortage of sun-like stars. We do not know, however, how many of these stars have a planetary system like ours.
Nothing is more important to us on Earth than the Sun. Without the Sun’s heat and light, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock. The Sun warms our seas, stirs our atmosphere, generates our weather patterns, and gives energy to the growing green plants that provide the food and oxygen for life on Earth.
Sunlight and Serotonin
While too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, the right balance can have lots of mood lifting benefits.
Without enough sunlight exposure, a person’s serotonin levels can dip low. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that is triggered by changing seasons.
A mood boost isn’t the only reason to get increased amounts of sunlight. There are a number of health benefits associated with catching a moderate amount of rays.
Ways in which the sun can improve your health:
1. It cheers you up
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.
2. Reduces heart disease
Cholesterol levels also rise in winter because our vitamin D levels fall.
3. Prevents diabetes
VITAMIN D may help to prevent the onset of diabetes.
4. Relieves aches and pains
Being out in the sun helps to warm the body’s muscles and eases stiffness, reducing the pain caused by inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
5. Reduces risk of cancers
ALTHOUGH over exposure to the sun increases your risk of skin cancer (you have to wear sunscreen every day), vitamin D provided by sunlight can actually help to significantly reduce your risk of other types of cancer.
6. Helps you lose weight
HIGHER levels of serotonin in our bodies not only makes you feel happy but it also suppresses the appetite, so you’ll eat less in warmer weather.