Sunlight is important for growth, development, a healthy mind and maintenance of every bodily function.
That is why it is important to sun and air out the blankets, pillows and other items that are not washed often. Open up the windows of your house as much as possible. This will allow the sunlight to kill bacteria in your home as well and will help prevent mold.
Sunlight has an insulin-like effect so it lowers the blood sugar in right proportions i.e. sunlight increases glycogen (stored sugar) in the body causing the blood sugar in the blood to be lowered.
Patients, who could hardly breathe, were able to inhale freely after a sunbath.
Sunlight helps the body to produce endorphins, the happy hormone. This calms the nerves and increases epinephrine, thus you become more relaxed and better able to move through the day, resulting even in peaceful restful sleep.
Since 1904 it was discovered that when the sun hits the skin, it converts Cholesterol into pre-vitamin D and the liver makes it into a form that the body can use. This lowers the cholesterol in the blood. Two hours after a sunbath reduces blood cholesterol by 13%. Vitamin D decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. In addition, when the sun hits the skin, it produces nitric oxide which dilates the blood vessels and lowers the blood pressure.
Without sufficient vitamin D derived from sunlight exposure, bones will not form properly. As vitamin D is needed to calcify the bones it is not present and so the bones in children are easily bent, this causes rickets, a disease characterized by growth retardation and various skeletal deformities, including the hallmark bowed legs. For vitamin D deficient adults, the calcium leaves the bones and they become softer. Weak bones actually make individuals susceptible to falls and fractures.
Tuberculosis, bones, lungs, streptococcal infections, jaundice, fungus infections of the feet and toes, common cold, flu (colds are more during the rainy/winter seasons when there is less sunlight), spinal meningitis, germs, (kills germs and changes skin oils into bacterial agents), acne, increases white blood cells to build immune system. (Neutrophils in the blood cells are stimulated to eat up bacteria, fungus and other bacteria). Vitamin D supplement and sunlight exposure is used in the treatment of these diseases.
Cover your body properly, wear long sleeves, long garments made from breathable fabric such as wool, cotton, linen, silk or bamboo, to keep the body cool and a hat on your head. Exposure of the face, hands and feet can be sufficient to allow the body to produce vitamin D. However, excessive covering of all the extremities can cause vitamin D deficiency. Drink lots of water, eat a healthy balanced, low-fat, plant-based diet and you would avoid burning of your skin.
When the sun hits the skin, it converts cholesterol under the skin into pre-vitamin D, which is then converted by the liver and the kidneys into a form of vitamin D that the body can use.
Daily exposure to sunlight is beneficial. For lighter-skinned individuals,
10 to 15 minutes daily will be sufficient whereas for darker-skinned individuals, 45 minutes to 1 1⁄2 hours daily is required between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm when the UVB rays is at the highest.
In summary, sunlight is essential to the total well-being of the individual. Do make an extra effort to get adequate amounts of the free, life-giving splendor of sunlight every day.
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