How do you feel about losing an hour of sleep this weekend?
Yeah, we’re not excited about it either. On Sunday, March 11, the clocks will move forward—but with good reason. Daylight saving time was made to embrace the sun. Even though sunscreen is recommended to protect our skin from excessive sunlight, a moderate amount of UV rays can be beneficial to our health.
Increases bone health
When the sun hits the skin it carries a fat-soluble called, vitamin D3 that regulates calcium absorption. The higher the level, the more the body is prone to fractures. That is why it is recommended for elderly to enjoy the outside.
Lowers blood pressure
According to the Martin Feelisch, a professor of Experimental Medicine and Integrative Biology at the University of South Hampton, a small messenger molecule called, nitric oxide alters when it is exposed to sunlight. It is moved from the skin to circulation—lowering the blood vessel tone to pressure drops. This decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Helps relieve skin diseases
Even though we were taught that excessive exposure to the sun leads to skin cancer, moderate sunlight may help some skin disease. There have been studies where sunlight has helped with psoriasis and eczema. The UVB rays from the sun help slow down skin cell growth, which helps relieve scaling and inflammation on your skin.
Before the sun was praised by Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks for its healing powers. Even now, sunbathing is practiced by some yogis because of its natural remedies. Even though we would recommend to wear some SPF 15 as you tan by the beach, don’t be afraid to take at least 20 minutes to be kissed by the sun.