I often think I’m being dramatic when I say I would die without the sun. But realistically when I really started to think about it we all would die without the sun. I know we’re constantly being told to hide while outside because it can be super harmful. Where I like to think of the ‘olden days’ when people were outside a majority of the time and sunblock wasn’t even an option.
Fun fact: around 1940 was when it was first becoming a thing.
Okay so we’re told to cover up… However have you ever stopped to think just how important that giant ball of hot gas actually might be for your health?
For instance plants need sun to live and grow. We need plants for the oxygen we breathe + a lot of the food we eat. If thats not enough, have you ever been feeling lazy and down in the dumps only to walk outside to the sun beaming down on you? The sun hits and it’s like a burst of happiness and energy comes over you! Also, it’s next to impossible to have a full frown or is that just me? It’s actually true! Exposure to the sun causes your brain to release serotonin. Serotonin aka the happy chemical is a chemical in your body that helps regulate your mood; meaning not enough serotonin can cause depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Most vitamins are found in what you're consuming. The sun is one of the few places you can get Vitamin D as it’s not in many foods. Other benefits include bone health by regulating the absorption of calcium, cell growth, maintaining a healthy immune system, and maybe even preventing some diseases.
I’m not telling you to go out and get burnt to a crisp but like most things, getting exposure to some sun rays is good in moderation. Depending on how fair your skin is you should get roughly 10 mins to a hour a day under the sun. If you are using sunscreen be cautious of the ingredients it could be doing more harm (to both you and the planet) than help.
Check out Save The Reef to see which sunscreens contains bad chemicals and which are safe to use.
Posted by Dhani