Never Fear The Sun

You should never totally fear the sun and the sunlight. Remember moderation. In the past, we were to stay out of the sun. If you never get any sun, you will miss out on the sun’s healthy qualities. Just 20 minutes of sun each day on your skin (no sunscreen) and on your eyes (no sunglasses) can make a difference to your health. Be responsible. Sunburns are bad for you, but a little bit of sunshine is good for you.

Sunlight helps us all in the following ways. It:
  • Helps to boost testosterone
  • Aids in the production of  Vitamin D for your body
  • Improves your mood
  • Lowers stress
  • Increases blood flow
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces inflammation

You should never completely shun the sunlight. It is instrumental in the health of your body and your feelings of wellbeing.

rainbowColors of the Sun

We can see the colors of the sun in a rainbow. However, there are so many more colors of the sun that we can not see. The sun produces wavelengths that we see as sunlight. The sunlight that we can see has a medium wavelength and we perceive this wavelength as color.

The human eye can only see visible light, but light comes in many other “colors”—radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray—that are invisible to the naked eye. Some animals can see wavelengths of light that we cannot. Those wavelengths would be just outside the edges of human visible light. For example, insects can see ultraviolet waves — waves just before purple on the electromagnetic spectrum. But we are not able to see these. At the same time, there are colors of red that insects are unable to see, but that humans can.

Different colors of light also impact plant growth. If there is no plant growth then it is a fact that mammals would eventually perish. Plants’ chlorophyll absorbs light energy to make glucose. They discharge oxygen as a byproduct and they intake carbon dioxide as well as certain wavelengths of color from the air. This is made into glucose as well as other substances. Without the sun there would be no plants and our demise would not be far behind.

moon in the dark skyLight and No Light

Light and the absence of light plays an important part in our health. In order to enjoy one, you must be exposed to the other. 

Melatonin is produced in your body by the pineal gland. It begins production after the sun goes down. This hormone helps many go to sleep. By around 3 months, babies start making the hormone melatonin, which puts their sleep cycle into a more regular rhythm. It can do the same for us as adults. Getting the sun daily may help you to get into a more regular sleep cycle. 

Light Affects Our Bodies

We all can remember when the sun refused to come out even for a few hours a day. When it did, as a child we ran outside to enjoy the feeling of the sunlight on our bodies. We may have forgotten that great feeling of doing cartwheels on the wet grass. However, we should never forget that sunlight can have a huge effect on our five senses and our bodies. 

Now get outside and enjoy the positive effects of the sun!

Read more at Guide For Seniors to help enjoy a healthy and satisfying life.