Would you believe that the sun can heal what ails you? Well, it’s true that the sun can brighten most people’s moods (unless you are sensitive to it, or have a sun allergy). But did you know that it literally can provide improvements in your physical health? Learn the healing power of the sun.
Careful and Planned Sun Exposure
Many people (especially those who have fair skin) end up slathering on a ton of sunblock when they are about to go out on a sunny day. While it’s important to keep from getting sunburn and prevent skin cancer, it’s also good to get at least small doses of sunlight without the use of this product.
Something you can do is to go outside and soak up the sun’s rays for about 10 to 20 minutes. It only works if you are not covered head to toe – about half of your body should be exposed to get great benefits. This is because your body needs the ultraviolet rays to create vitamin D (which many people lack today). After the 10 to 20 minutes is up, you can put on the sunblock if you need it.
Many doctors (and even the World Health Organization) state that UV rays can help treat skin issues such as acne and psoriasis. It’s best to talk to a dermatologist to see if this is a good course of action.
Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Even a short amount of time out in the sun has been shown to lower blood pressure of individuals who have high blood pressure.
When someone is out basking in those UV rays, high cholesterol is turned into sex hormones and steroid hormones. If someone does not get out in the sun, these substances are changed into cholesterol.
Oxygenating the Blood
The sun increases the content of oxygen in the blood, as well as enhancing the capacity to deliver oxygen to the body’s tissues.
The Immune System
White blood cells have been found to increase when a person is in the sun. These lymphocytes are crucial when it comes to the immune system fighting off infections.
Sunlight also is shown to be effective with the following: cancer prevention (including prostate and ovarian cancer); thyroid issues; rheumatoid arthritis; lupus; and inflammatory bowel disease.