Dr. Amarjeet Bhatia 11-09-2020 Consult
There may be a real reason why we seem to be hardwired to seek
out sunny beaches and bask in UV rays whenever possible. Synthesized as a
result of sun exposure, vitamin D helps the body regulate calcium and
phosphorus, gives the immune system a boost, regulates blood sugar levels,
staves off numerous illnesses, and fights depression.
Here are the top 5 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. Regular sun can stave off moderate depression, particularly if combined with exercise, such as a walk in the park. It's also been shown that exercising outdoors creates more endorphins in the body than exercising indoors.
2. Reduces heart disease
People are more likely to die of heart disease in winter than in summer, which is believed to be because of low levels of vitamin D. Cholesterol levels also rises in winter, because our vitamin D levels fall.
3. Prevents diabetes
Vitamin D may help to prevent the onset of diabetes. A deficiency in vitamin D is also thought to contribute to Type II 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. Boosts fertility
The sun reduces levels of the hormone melatonin which suppresses fertility, so it is more likely you'll conceive in summer. And sunlight not only makes you more fertile, it increases the length of your fertility.
Why Sun Is So Important?
Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency
The range of symptoms caused by vitamin D deficiency can range from mild to severe. Rickets is a painful childhood bone disease caused by this deficiency, leading to soft, bendable leg bones and a soft skull. Rickets is only one of the visible effects of a vitamin D deficiency, however. Because vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus more efficiently, in its absence it's possible to develop tooth decay, gum disease, bone pains, general fatigue and weakness, and Osteomalacia.