More often than not, it is common to hear about the negative affects of too much sun exposure for the skin and body. However, what you usually aren’t informed of is that being exposed to sunlight has tremendous health benefits for humans. Being outside in direct sunlight can not only make one feel good but in areas with more rain than sunshine, it has been proven that lack of sunlight exposure to the sun can result in a depressive state. When those who are sunlight deficient are placed in a situation where they experience radiation from the sun, the levels of depression lift and their moods dramatically improve. Another scientifically demonstrated benefit of sunlight pertains to, believe it or not, nutrition. There are several subsets in the human population who do not get enough Vitamin D. Babies, elderly people, pregnant women, hospital and nursing home patients all have limited access to Vitamin D. This does not have to be the case. Spending some time outside during a sunny day could help fill a Vitamin D deficiency. Learn more about the medical risks of being Vitamin D deficient and the benefits of sunlight in this educational infographic.
Infographic via Carrington College’s Phoenix medical assistant school. Learn more about medical college programs from Carrington College at Carrington.edu.