Posted on January 28 2016
Did you know that the sun can have a major effect on your physical and mental wellbeing? That’s right, sun is an element that, as humans, we need. So, even if you feel like you’re a little too pasty to get into your men’s boardshorts, it may be beneficial.
Like we previously mentioned, sun is good for not only your skin, but your circadian rhythm. But that’s not it! Exposure to natural vitamin D via the sun can enhance your mood. According to an article published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), exposure to sun as well as bright light is an approach to increase serotonin levels without the use of medications. A study completed on a sample size of healthy volunteers found that there is a positive correlation between the hours of sunlight and the development of serotonin. This study revealed that serotonin in the brain during the winter months had the lowest turnover when compared to summer months when the sunlight was casting its rays longer. During months when sun was shining for more hours of the day, serotonin production was at its peak.
Because of this study, suggestions such as spending more time outside in the summer can help you avoid aggravating winter blues. However, if you have the chance to spend time outside during the winter, spend at least 10 to 15 minutes soaking up the sun, even if it’s a bit chilly. Unfortunately, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood variation that has been linked directly to sunlight exposure and the amount of exposure your body is getting. Researchers from the University of Helsinki National Public Health Institute in Finland founds that vitamin D3 levels are also relatively low during winter months when the sun hides away for most of the day.
Your best bet to beat the winter blues it to spend as much time outside soaking up the sun in your men’s boardshorts during the warming summer months in order to stock up and produce more vitamin D and D3 leading into the winter.