The sun can be your worst enemy or your best friend but let’s not concentrate on the bad aspects of the sun but rather the health benefits it has on us.

When enjoying the sunshine we are contributing to our health in many ways, for example, let’s look at some of these benefits we get from just 25 of minutes a day, some may only need as little as 10 minutes a day.

Benefits of sunshine

  • Glowing skin
  • strong bones
  • Helps in healing skin disorders such as eczema, acne, psoriasis
  • Helps you sleep
  • boosts levels of the hormone serotonin, otherwise known as the happy hormone
  • reduces heart disease
  • prevents diabetes
  • (SAD) seasonal affective disorder
  • Helps prevent MS
  • Prevents cavities
  • Relieves aches and pains
  • Boosts fertility
  • gives you more energy
  • eases (IBD) Crohn’s disease
  • boosts your immune system
  • Helps you lose weight
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Helps with PMS Premenstrual syndrome

 Although too much sun cause skin cancers, a moderate amount of sunlight has cancer preventive benefits. The people who live in areas that do not have much Sunlight have a number of cancers than those who live where there’s more sun during the day, according to a study from these cancers include low vitamin D levels are especially bad for elderly people.

  • colon cancer
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • ovarian cancer
  • pancreatic cancer
  • prostate cancer


If you find you not able to get out into the sun there are various vitamin D supplements that your Doctor can prescribe for you. Here are some foods (listed below) that are a good source of vitamin D

  • Cod liver oil
  • Portabello mushrooms
  • Smoked salmon
  • Tilapia (Fish)
  • Eggs
  • Fortified high in vitamin D cereals
  • Tofu
  • Dairy products
  • Pork lean ham
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese


Here is a list of activities that can get you outside while getting a healthy dose of sunshine

  • Plan a picnic
  • bike riding
  • outdoor meditation
  • Visit a farmers market
  • Pick some strawberries
  • Frisbee
  • Play catch with your kids
  • Go roller blading
  • roller skating
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming
  • The Beach
  • If you own a motorcycle take a drive
  • Hit some of the fairs in town
  • Go to the Zoo
  •  Window shopping
  • Take a book and relax outside and read
  • Hiking
  • Visit a tourist area
  • Gardening
  • Go to a music festival
  • Look to the internet and see if they have any outside events near you

Here are some contributing factors that can cause low vitamin D levels

  • African Americans are far more susceptible to low vitamin D because of their darker skin
  • Your feeling blue (depressed)
  • Persons 50 and older
  • You find your having certain stomach problems
  • Newborn babies are more susceptible, a sign your baby may low Vitamin D is excessive sweating
  • People that are overweight have a harder time distributing Vitamin D
  • Lethargic and have no energy

You now have the basics of Vitamin D and how beneficial it is for your body. Understanding how vital this is for your health and its importants as I mentioned above. susceptibility to certain cancers and other risks associated with Vitamin D.


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