Sunlight and serotonin
We’re used to hearing about how the sun’s extreme heat can damage your skin. But did you know that having the right balance can be very beneficial for improving your mood?
Sunlight and darkness release hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is believed to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin improves mood and helps people stay calm and focused. Dark lighting at night causes the brain to produce another hormone called melatonin. This hormone is responsible for helping you sleep.
Not getting enough sun exposure can lower your serotonin levels. Low levels of serotonin are associated with an increased risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a form of seasonal depression.
Excitement is not the only reason for increased sunlight. Getting moderate exposure has several health benefits.
Less sunshine is associated with lower serotonin levels, which can lead to major seasonal depression. The light effect of serotonin is stimulated by sunlight entering the eye. Sunlight targets specific areas of the retina, which stimulate the release of serotonin. Therefore, in winter, when the days are short, this type of depression is more likely to occur.
In this regard, one of the primary treatments for seasonal depression is light therapy, also known as light therapy. You can get a light therapy box at home. The light from the box mimics natural sunlight, which stimulates the brain to produce serotonin and reduce excess melatonin.
The benefits of the sun go beyond fighting stress. The following are other reasons for holding some rays.
Build strong bones
Exposure to UVB radiation from sunlight produces vitamin D in human skin. A 2008 study found that within 30 minutes of wearing a swimsuit, people developed the following levels of vitamin D.
Most Caucasians have 50,000 international units (IU).
20-30,000 OUN for those who have been burned
8000-10000 IU for people with dark skin
Vitamin D, produced by exposure to the sun, plays an important role in bone health. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with bone-weakening diseases such as childhood rickets, osteoporosis, and osteoporosis.
While excessive sunlight can contribute to skin cancer, moderate exposure to sunlight can help prevent cancer.