How sun exposure in the morning and evening at these times can do wonders to your health

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Most of us associate sunlight with our body’s production of vitamin D. But daily exposure to natural light at specific times helps a lot more. So if you’re planning on spending your winters in bed, you might want to reconsider your decision.

Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Dixa Bhavsar mentioned why daily sun exposure is essential. “Vitamin D is an immune-boosting and energy-boosting hormone that has a huge impact on our health,” she said in an Instagram post.

Here are some facts you need to know

* UVA present in sunlight increases nitric oxide – a vasodilator – which improves blood flow and oxygenation, and also lowers respiration rate and blood glucose levels.

* The visible red spectrum, which is always present throughout the day, affects mitochondrial function, which increases energy and overall health.

* Natural light also promotes the production of neurotransmitters – serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine, which are critical for mental health, including managing anxiety, depression, and more.

* Blue light stimulates us and keeps us awake. It also contributes to seasonal affective disorder and depression due to its ability to produce hormones.

* Being outdoors improves sleep quality and regulates circadian rhythm as we produce melatonin (sleep hormone) from daylight.

However, she also advised not to overdo it. “I don’t advise recklessly going overboard in direct sunlight and catching fire,” she added.

How to do it?

* Customize your day; Try to get more natural light (not just direct sunlight) when exercising outdoors rather than in the gym.
* Take a walk, go outside.
* “Remember, natural daylight is so much more than vitamin D. So don’t assume that vitamin D supplementation alone will solve your health problems (but will help),” she said.

According to Dr. Bhavsar, 25-30 minutes in the sun in the morning (just after sunrise until 8 am) and in the evening (during sunset) can do wonders for your health.

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