All of life on Earth is sustained by the light from the Sun in our solar system. Plantlife takes in the Sun’s light rays combining with water and minerals to make oxygen and energy. All living beings eat plant life to survive. Exothermic animals and creatures rely on the sun’s heat to function properly. Our weather is greatly affected by the heat produced by the sun. Differences in temperature in the atmosphere create high and low pressures which cause winds to form and move storm clouds across the sky. Your health too is affected by sunlight.
Benefits of Vitamin D
When light hits our exposed skin, it triggers the production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for our health. Without it health risks such as heart disease, prostate cancer, and dementia can increase. It is recommended we get 10-15 minutes of sunlight daily.
A large percent of the world’s population, regardless of ethnicity and age are considered vitamin D deficient.
Getting adequate levels of vitamin D can lower high blood pressure, aid muscles function, protect against inflammation, and improve brain function. Improvements in mood and sleep can also be benefits of being out in the sun. Our bones benefit from an increase in vitamin D as well. Calcium is absorbed at an increased rate with adequate vitamin D intake.
Supplements vs. Sunlight
Many pharmacies and drug stores sell vitamin D in supplements which can be beneficial for many people. However, similar to the way whole foods are more beneficial to our health compared to taking multivitamins, getting vitamin D from the sun is the most beneficial way to get it. This is because natural sunlight also comes with fresh, outdoor air and often is accompanied with an outdoor activity. Gardening, walking, biking or even more leisurely activities like eating, reading, and painting can all be done when the weather is pleasant and the sunlight is warm. It is important to mention too much sun exposure can be harmful. Remember to wear sunscreen and/or clothing to cover up if exposing skin to the sunlight for long periods of time. Sadly we do live in a world where too much of a good thing can be harmful.
The Light of the World
One of my favorite features of sunlight is how well it repelled darkness. Jesus compared Himself to light in verse in John 9:5, “I am the Light of the world.” The light we receive from the sun has a plethora of health benefits, there are countless, eternal benefits to have the light from the Son. We can never get too much of His light in our lives. I encourage everyone to get as much of the Light of the world in their lives. No need for creams and wide-brimmed hats. With an open heart and a humble character, the light of Christ and His righteousness improves our health exceedingly. From affecting the weather to sustaining our health, light has a large impact on our lives.