Here Comes the Sun
It’s been a long winter, but the good news is—it’s almost over! If you’ve been cooped up all winter, now that the warmer weather is here, it’s time to get outside and enjoy nature. It’s beautiful, and it’s even good for your health! That’s right. Did you know sunlight helps fight skin diseases such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema? Here are just a few of the many health benefits you can gain just by soaking up some rays.
1. Healing Properties
In 1903, physician Niels Finsen received a Nobel Prize for his contributions to the treatment of diseases. Finsen studied “concentrated light radiation” and learned that natural sunlight kills bacteria and contains many healing properties. Shortly after, German soldiers in WWI used this knowledge to their advantage, using sunlight to disinfect and heal wounds.
2. Improved Immune System
During exposure to sunlight, the amount of white blood cells increase. White blood cells play an important role in building the immune system and fighting off infections.
3. Fights Depression
Sunlight increases the levels of serotonin in your body, which can have a huge impact on your overall mental well-being. Depriving yourself of sunlight can lead to a condition called seasonal affective disorder – a form of depression most common during winter months.
4. A Better Night’s Sleep
Natural daylight helps restart your body’s internal clock, making sure you wake up feeling well rested and refreshed. Going outside in the mornings signals your body that it is daytime, making you feel less tired.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure
Skin exposed to natural ultraviolet light releases nitric oxide which helps to lower blood pressure. A recent study at Edinburgh University revealed that patients who were exposed to UV rays experienced a significant drop in blood pressure.
Hopefully, now you’re ready to get outside and catch some rays! Just keep in mind that if you haven’t spent time outside in a while, limit yourself to sun exposure. Too much sunlight can cause painful sunburns, and even increased risk of skin cancer. Enjoy the sun in moderation and remember to use sunblock on hotter days.
The spine specialists at Denver Spine Institute in Lakewood, Colorado are committed to living a healthy lifestyle and helping our patients do the same.