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3 Health Benefits of Sunlight for Seniors

Spring is here and its only going to get warmer! After being cooped up in the house all winter, going outside and getting some sunlight is great for your mental and physical health!

Here are 3 key benefits of those UVB rays and how they can help you!

Supports Bone Health

Vitamin D helps the body absorb and effectively use calcium. When UVB rays come in contact with skin, they interact our body to produce these essential vitamins. While many can get Vitamin D from supplements and diet, sunlight can be the best form for natural absorption! Without sufficient vitamin D, overtime bones can become thin and brittle.


Boosts Mood And Mental Health

Getting outside after a long winter not only changes the scenery, but can better your mental health! Exposure to UVB rays can cause human skin to produce Beta Endorphins, which are hormones responsible for reducing pain. Sunlight also cues special areas in the retina, which triggers the release of serotonin. Serotonin is known for improving ones’ mood and helping you stay calm and focused.


Strengthens Your Immune System

Consistent exposure to sunlight, in small increments, can reduce the risk of illness and infections. Our white blood cells contain activating enzymes and vitamin D receptors that keep our immune system healthy and balanced.



Being Cautious In The Sun

While sunlight can be beneficial, it’s key to remember to wear proper eye protection and sunscreen when being exposed. Excess sunlight can contribute to varying skin cancers. Practice healthy moderation and those benefits will outweigh the risks

 

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