After endless winter and with us all sheltering in place; it looks like summer is finally here. Sunny skies and warm temperatures are so very pleasant. But summer also provides some important health benefits and wellbeing.
Sunlight helps regulate almost all our bodily processes, and acting as psychological encouragement to improve our lifestyle. Some reasons why summer is so good for us.
1. Reduces chance of heart attacks.
Statistics show less deaths from heart attacts in the summer then the winter. Why is that? Vitamin D (synthesised by sunlight), may protect us from a heart attacks. Ultraviolet light converts cholesterol to Vitamin D. (lowering cholesterol levels) helping to reduce heart disease and stroke. Deficiency of Vitamin D (essential for absorption of calcium) is associated with
osteoporosis. And studies have that some cancers are slowed by exposure to sunlight.
2. We eat more fruits and vegies in the summer, because we have more access to them making it easier for us to get the recomended daily ammounts every day. They boost the immune system and because of their low calorie content, help with weight loss. Many summer berries like blackcurrants and strawberries are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants that helps prevent chronic diseases such as cancer.
3. Relieves skin complaints. Controlled exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can have a therapeutic effect on skin complaints such as acne, psoriasis and dermatitis. Many skin disorders are caused by an over-sensitive immune system. UV rays reduce that sensitivity. Remember to do not expose yours skin for extended periods without protection. Sunburn remains a key factor in causing skin cancer. The therapeutic effects of the sun occur just below the level a sunburn
(about 15-20 minutes) After that, lotion with a sun protection factor of between 15 and 30
should be worn.
4. Increases agility.The summer is an excellent time to begin an exercise programme. Not only do summer clothes provide an incentive to get in shape, but the feel-good factor (created by sunlight) boosts our enthusiasm to begin a fitness regime. Exercise is not only the most effective way to burn up excess calories, but also improves the vital flow of oxygen to the brain, lowering stress levels and improving powers of concentration. A suggestion for beginners is to aim for 20
minutes of aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or swimming, three times a week.
The warm weather is also good news for those suffering from arthritis. Many people feel more agile and in less pain during the summer.
5. Increases our water consumption. Water is vital to thousands of chemical processes that take place in the body's cells to enable it to function. These include promoting digestion, regulating body temperature, improving the health and vitalityof our skin and flushing toxins from the body.