Is there a better feeling than when you step outside, and the warm sun hits your body? Feeling that sensation of heat radiating through your body… ahhh, bliss!
Not only does sunlight feel amazing it is also crucial for our bone health, metabolic function and overall well-being. The vitamin D that we produce in response to sunlight is made up of vitamins D1, D2 and D3.
Vitamin D & the Sun
Humans naturally produce vitamin D when we are exposed to the sun and also through certain foods that we eat. Foods such as salmon, sardines, egg yolk, milk, and yoghurt are all foods that are high naturally in vitamin D.
Vitamin D helps our bodies fight disease, and also plays a vital role in helping to reduce depression. Ensuring that vitamin D is consumed in your diet can also help with trying to lose weight, and it also has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Although overexposure to the sun is not recommended, being in the sunshine for ten to twenty minutes a day, depending on the season, is recommended for optimum benefits.
Getting a daily serve of vitamin D will help you to sleep better at night, boost immune function and increase the number of endorphins produced in the body.
Endorphins feel good
Endorphins are the ‘feel-good’ hormones that circulate throughout a person’s body. Plenty of studies have proven that low blood levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, so the aim is to get as many endorphins as possible!
So, why not skip the gym and start exercising outdoors every now and then to get your essential levels of vitamin D.
Soaking up the sunshine’s benefits while exercising is a great way to feel even better about yourself and help promote a healthy and happy mood.
If you’re looking to soak up the benefits of vitamin D and boost your mood and well being, step outside every day and reap the benefits of the sun.
Today’s post is the 7th, and final, for Clean Tea’s Self Care Week. Click on the any of the links below to read other posts in the series.
Monday: Brighten Up Your Life – The Benefits of Flowers on Your Mood
Tuesday: Why You Should Bathe in Epsom Salts
Wednesday: Fill Your Own Cup
Thursday: You Have To Nourish To Flourish (The Clean Tea Guide to Clean Eating)
Friday: Take Time Out With a Cup of Tea
Saturday: Disconnect to Reconnect – Taking a Technology Detox
Sunday: Feeling The Warmth of the Sun – How Vitamin D & Endorphins Improve Your Mood