You may be one of those people, myself included, who likes winter more than summer, but it is impossible for you to tell me that the sun does not make you happy. Above all, dear reader, because the science of our body turns its back on your position and arguments. Ultraviolet rays have a direct effect on the chemistry of our body and affirm the theory that the sun improves our mood. We could say that it is a natural antidepressant thanks to its great effect on our Vitamin D and Serotonin levels.
In 2017, a study by a group of researchers from Brigham Young University revealed that, between dawn and dusk, our mood can be affected more than it does with other factors such as pollution, temperature or meteorological changes.
The study, which you can consult at this link, confirmed that the people investigated represented more levels of anguish and tiredness when the days were shorter and they had less sunlight. The results showed that depending on the number of ultraviolet rays received, people are more likely to worsen mood.
Serotonin and Vitamin D
You may have experienced these mood swings during these days of confinement by COVID-19. These are exceptional situations that give us a feeling of anxiety and stress but that, by following some expert advice, we can improve. One of them is that, if your house is sunny at any time of the day, take a few minutes to absorb the energy that its rays give you.
One of the greatest benefits of bow before the ‘sun king’ is that we generate Vitamin D. By receiving ultraviolet radiation, our body generates considerable amounts of Vitamin D, which, in addition to serving to keep our bones strong, strengthens our immune system and helps our muscles.
In addition, according to research such as that of Dr Gavin Lambert, ultraviolet rays increase the production of Serotonin in our body. The Australian scientist, together with his team, demonstrated with a hundred patients that the concentration of serotonin in blood varied according to weather conditions. The results of the study confirmed that on sunny days the production of serotonin multiplied or cho times more than on cloudy days. How about?
Beneficial for our body
However, added to the contribution of Vitamin D and Serotonin, the sun improves our mood and affects our body thanks to many other benefits. Do you want to know which ones? We list some of them!
- Improves epithelialization and circulation
- Ultraviolet rays promote wound healing
- Anti-inflammatory effects
- Increase the number of white blood cells
- Helps metabolize cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
Regulation of melatonin production
Watch out! Although you are now aware that sunbathing improves our mood and helps our body, you can get the complete opposite effect if you abuse it. Remember that long exposures to ultraviolet rays can generate diseases on our skin. Therefore, do it in moderation and in short cycles. There are even devices that care about them!