Sunlight is the primary way for people to get vitamin D. In fact, the UV rays in the sun stimulate the skin to produce vitamin D. But that's not all.
We all know that exposure to a lot of ultraviolet (UV) from the sun can cause skin cancer and premature aging. However, that is no reason to deny the benefits of sunlight. This natural light source not only provides energy but also offers many significant health benefits.
Let's see how sunlight works in the following article.
Good for mental health
Sunlight can boost the production of serotonin - a chemical transmitter that plays a role in stabilizing mood. In addition, many studies show that serotonin also works to treat depression and anxiety. Therefore, designing a living space with plenty of natural light will be very good for the homeowner's mental health.
In fact, excessive sun exposure can cause skin cancer. However, suppose you are exposed to this light in moderation. In that case, it will bring many benefits, including the effect of preventing some types of sun cancer.
According to one study, people living in areas with little sunlight during the day are more likely to develop cancers such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, colon cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Strengthen the immune system
When the body is exposed to the sun, the number of white blood cells (lymphocytes) tends to increase. These cells are essential in protecting the body against infections and disease.
Sunlight helps keep the bones strong
The UV rays in the sun promote vitamin D production, stimulating calcium absorption. This helps in enhancing bone health. Children who don't get enough vitamin D can develop rickets. Meanwhile, the elderly who lack vitamin D from the sun are susceptible to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Heal skin diseases
Light therapy using UV radiation is highly effective for several skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, and acne.
Sun exposure has been shown to reduce myopia in children. Studies have also shown that nearsightedness often develops in people who regularly stay indoors and rarely participate in outdoor activities.
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