“The sun is the epitome of benevolence– it is lifegiving and warmthgiving and happinessgiving, and to it we owe our thanksgiving”
– Jessi Lane Adams
Even the Stone Age people knew the Sun brought life on Earth and that is why they worshiped it. But the sun’s waves can heal and destroy; they can be the kiss of life or death. It depends on the way we use them.
- The sunlight kills microbes. A moderately tanned skin is more resistant to infections and sun burning than an untanned one. Many skin diseases (dermatitis) can be controlled and even cured through controlled exposure to the sun.
- The sun’s rays are proven to strengthen the immune system. Due to the sun our mood and morals improve. Sunlight helps in cases of chronic or acute depression, by stimulating the synthesis of endorphins (good-feeling hormones). That’s why we get depressed in the cold and dark days of the winter.
- The sun is a good for insomnia. Daytime exposure to sunlight increases the melatonin production during the night. This hormone helps regulate the sleep.
- Under the action of the sunlight, the skin synthesizes vitamin D, which makes calcium absorption possible in the intestine, helping us grow strong bones. This way the sun prevents rachitism in both children and adults and osteoporosis in elders.
- As vitamin D and some related compounds impede the development of some cancer cells, we can say the sun fights off this disease. Regular and controlled exposure to the sun has a preventive effect against cancer of the colon, breast, leukemia and lymphomas.
- Exposure to the sun strengthens the cardiovascular system. Blood circulation is improved; the pulse, arterial pressure, moderately high glycemia and cholesterol levels can be normalized.
- Sun rays improve liver functioning, being effective in treating jaundice.
- They help the kidneys with a part of their job, as the sun waves favor the elimination of waste products through the skin, when we sweat.
- The sun also helps in losing weight by increasing the metabolic rate through the stimulation of the thyroid. It also eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
- The sun’s rays also ease the healing of swollen joints during peaks of inflammation.