Spring Sunshine: Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a vitamin that we don’t get from our diet but from exposure to sunlight. Most of us don’t get enough vitamin D. Sunlight helps the body to naturally produce more vitamin D, which in turn has a large number of important benefits for our health.

Mental Boost

Sunlight increases your brain’s production of serotonin. Serotonin regulates mood and social behavior. Vitamin D is actually a big mood booster and can help us to feel happier throughout the day. Have you ever stood outside in the sun and felt it really give you a mood boost? Have you ever noticed how everyone waves and says hello when the sun is out?

Better Sleep

Sunshine helps to regulate your body’s sleep wake cycle.  Getting more vitamin D in your diet can help you to sleep better and to wake up more refreshed and focused as a result. This might have something to do with the way the body links vitamin D to sunlight. Our bodies use cues from the world around us – such as sunlight- in order to ascertain what time it is and thereby regulate our body clocks.

Bone Health

Sunshine supports your body’s creation of Vitamin D and it helps you to build stronger bones. It does this by improving the uptake of calcium which is in turn used as a key building block to create the bones. In this way, vitamin D may be able to prevent and treat osteoporosis and even to help prevent breaks and sprains. This is particularly important as we get older.

Prevent Cancer

Sunlight provides many cancer preventing perks. Vitamin D has potent anti-cancer properties. It plays a key role in regulating the growth of new cells and is also a key player in cell-to-cell communication. It has been shown in some studies that the hormone calcitriol is able to slow the growth of new blood vessels in cancerous tissues and to reduce the proliferation and metastases. Vitamin D has a key role in gene expression too: influencing over  200 human genes specifically. This might be impaired when vitamin D is sub-optimal.

Skin Healing

Sun exposure can help treat several skin conditions. While sun damage is not good for the skin Vitamin D is good for the skin. In fact, light exposure is one of the best known treatments for psoriasis – the condition that causes the abnormal growth of skin cells resulting in flaky, unappealing plaques. This is likely to do with the power of vitamin D over the immune system.

Little Time

The beauty of spending time in the sunshine is you can do it in as little as 5-15 minutes to start receiving the benefits from it. It’s an easy step in becoming your healthiest self.

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