Do You Know What Happens To Your Body When You Don’t Get Enough Sun?

People always hear that they need to get enough sunlight. But here’s what no one tells you about adulthood: you’re most likely going to spend 80% of your days stuck inside an office for most of the week. Okay, so that sounds a bit worse than it really is. If you’re working a regular 9 to 5 job, then you know that getting enough sun is not always an easy task. But the reality is that if you don’t get enough sun, your health may be at risk. In fact, you may already be experiencing a bunch of symptoms you didn’t know were related to Vitamin D deficiency and a lack of sun exposure.

Increased Risk of Depression

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Everyone gets depressed from time to time. It’s just a normal part of life, particularly if you have kids or a demanding job. But it’s when the depression gets to be too much that it becomes dangerous. If you don’t get enough sunlight, you may risk the depression getting worse. When you spend time in the sun, your brain released a chemical called serotonin, which is also known as “the happy drug” because it’s in charge of essentially making you happier. Apparently, getting a little bit of sun every day keeps depression at bay!

Speeding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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Multiple Sclerosis is a horrible disease that creates lesions on the brain. Scientists are still looking for a cure but they all agree on one thing: vitamin D (which your body produces when large portions of your skin are exposed to the sun) can help to decrease the progression of this deteriorating condition. Without the right amount of sunlight, the brain may have more frequent “attacks” which results in quicker progression of the disease.

Heart Disease Risk

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Heart disease is a silent killer. Research has shown that regular exposure to the sun, (which increases your body’s production of vitamin D) can lower your risk factor of getting a heart attack, cardiovascular disease, or a stroke. Not getting enough sun exposure can put you at risk by up to 32%. Your body’s production of vitamin D can help stimulate your immune system which helps ward off heart disease, skin cancer, and a myriad of other ailments.

Reduces The Risk Of Dementia And Alzheimer

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Researchers are hypothesizing that increasing vitamin D levels, (via direct exposure to the sun or UV exposure) can potentially reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. Apparently, these disorders of the brain can be lessened with proper exposure to the sun. While there were countless studies that tried to find a correlation between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, new results have reached the conclusion that vitamin D is an essential vitamin which plays a crucial neuroprotective role in cognitive decline and a person’s overall wellbeing.

Numbers Don’t Lie

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If you don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun, your risk of developing these diseases increases from 53% to a whopping 122%. Doctors also suggest getting your sunlight as soon as possible. The older you are, the tougher it is for your body to absorb it! Slap on some suntan lotion and get some rays!

Schizophrenia Risk

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Studies suggest that a lack of vitamin D and sun exposure can have a detrimental effect on patients suffering from schizophrenia. Lower vitamin D can lead to schizophrenic behavior. According to a study that was published in Scientific Reports, a lack of vitamin D in the early stages of pregnancy can increase the risk of schizophrenia by 44%. Another great reason to go for a walk on the beach!

Directly Correlated With Cancer

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Sadly, we haven’t found a cure for this disease yet. But there may be a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of getting cancer. According to various studies, the higher the rate of vitamin D in a person’s system, the better their chances of living a healthier and longer life. According to researchers in Japan, people with higher levels of vitamin D, “were less likely to be diagnosed with cancer. They found overall cancer risk was 22% lower among those with the highest vitamin D levels, compared with those with the lowest levels.” That alone is great news! But they also looked at figures of specific types of cancers and found a “lower risk of liver cancer for people with higher vitamin D.”