Sunshine & Biology: How Sunlight Affect Immunity, Mood, and More

May 2, 2012  |  Health

Since the beginning of time, mankind has been well aware that the sun plays a major role in our lives. In fact, is has been proven that sunlight can effect a wide variety of things, including your mood, your health, and more.

Exposure to the natural ultraviolet radiation of the sun’s rays stimulates your body and enhances its supply of endorphins, which play a vital role in your mood. The sun’s greatest benefit to your health is supplying your body with vitamin D. In fact, the leading cause of vitamin D deficiency is a lack of exposure to enough sunlight. Additionally. the UVA and UVB radiation emitted from the sun can boost your body’s T regulatory cells, which defend against harmful self-reactive T cells, meaning healthy exposure to the sun can essentially boost your immune system. The sun, which was worshiped by our ancient ancestors, can play a positive role in almost every aspect of our lives.

 

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Sunlight Infographic

[Via: Carrington College’s Medical Assistant Training Program