Sunlight

When we think “sunshine” we often think of a luxury SUN-cruise on the Caribbean, with stops at enchanting island retreats like Jamaica or Barbados, or we think CANCER. Why these extremes? In reality, most people can get plenty of sunshine in their own backyards! Ten or 15 minutes in noontime summer sun leads to the production of 10,000 IU (International Units) of Vitamin D, which has proven to decrease the risk for many cancers.

The myth is busted! Sunshine protects against a very deadly form of skin cancer called melanoma. A new study published in the March 2011 European Journal of Cancer discovered that those people who spent four to five hours in the sun each day over weekends were less likely to develop melanoma than those who did not. This is exciting for those who love the sun. (A word of caution here: those who burn easily were at higher risk regardless of the amount of time spent in the sun. So avoid sunburn.) Another piece of good news for sun lovers is that women with high sun exposure had half the risk of developing advanced breast cancer. Also, reduced risk of other cancers by sunshine include prostate, colon, lung, ovary, bladder, uterus, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Sunlight Increases Immunity

Immunity is increased by exposure to sunlight and your body’s resistance to infection is strengthened. White blood cells are increased. Antibodies are increased too. These effects can last up to three weeks. Even 10 minutes of sun twice a week can greatly reduce the incidence of colds.

Sunlight Strengthens Bones

Bones are strengthened by sunlight. It allows the body to make Vitamin D, which helps calcium absorption from the intestines and calcium deposit in building healthy bones. Sunlight prevents rickets and helps prevent and reverse osteoporosis. There is also a connection with lowered incidence of dental cavities.

Sunlight Promotes Sense of Well-being

Sense of well-being is promoted by sunlight and the mood is elevated. Daily exposure to natural sunlight will boost melatonin output, which also improves sleep. For most people, sunlight is an important therapy, especially if combined with exercise, in preventing and treating acute and chronic depression. Sunlight helps produce serotonin to lift the mood.

Other Benefits of Sunlight

Other benefits of sunshine include alleviating pain from swollen arthritic joints and even relieving some symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). It also helps ward off heart disease, hypertension, and autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Diabetes, MS, as well as obesity.

Remember – it’s not all that bad. Enjoy the sun moderately and it will increase your vitality and good health.

Comments ( 14 ) Leave a Comment
  1. 1 Sasha Mar 8, 2013, 11:30 AM PST

    Yolo

  2. 2 Sasha Mar 8, 2013, 11:31 AM PST

    I’m funny :)

  3. 3 Jaebel Mar 8, 2013, 11:32 AM PST

    Thanks for the video it really helped me to know how much sunlight I need a day

  4. 4 Tobias Mar 17, 2013, 7:32 PM PDT

    I give This page five stars

  5. 5 Becky Mar 18, 2013, 6:02 PM PDT

    I love Sunlight! <3

  6. 6 Tobias Mar 18, 2013, 6:03 PM PDT

    Have a sunny day every day

  7. 7 Bernie Apr 9, 2013, 10:24 AM PDT

    What about persons on thyroid medication who are told to avoid sun exposure?

  8. 8 Joey Apr 10, 2013, 6:35 PM PDT

    thx’s for this info it helped a lot

  9. 9 Karen Aug 1, 2013, 5:54 PM PDT

    It’s amazing what research has shown us in recent years; many misbeliefs are dispelled. I have been lucky to have outdoor employment most of my career & felt really very energized when working In the sunlight. This explains why. Thank-you for sharing it.

  10. 10 Faith Mar 17, 2015, 11:45 AM PDT

    Makes me wonder who started tube SPF theory

  11. 11 Faith Mar 17, 2015, 11:47 AM PDT

    Great info

  12. 12 Luze Dec 14, 2015, 2:16 AM PST

    How long must one spend in the sunlight daily for optimal health? 10 to 15 minutes in summer? I suppose the time spend in the sun differ from season to season? How much of your skin must be exposed? Thank you.

  13. 13 Julie Nov 20, 2016, 8:34 PM PST

    How much skin should be exposed,
      And how many minutes of midday sun exposure is optimum in the winter months?  I have chronic depression.

  14. 14 Shanti Jan 22, 2017, 3:13 PM PST

    There are questions asked here,  note comment #7, 12, 13 : where are the answers ?
    May we please know where to be blessed with human answers to human questions ?
    Is there a phone # to call & speak w/a human if this digital mode remains of insufficient to address human inquiry ?

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