3 Benefits of Sunlight for Health
Sunnier days are here! Finally. But don’t go slathering yourself in SPF 100+ just yet. Turns out sunlight absorbed through the skin is an excellent source of vitamin D – specifically, vitamin D3.
If you’re a loyal MaryRuth’s fan, you may have noticed that we have a variety of vitamin D3 supplements (as cholecalciferol), available which is the same kind of vitamin D that your body naturally produces when exposed to sunlight!
However, as MaryRuth says in her book, Liquids Till Lunch, “why not depend on the most consistent energy source in our galaxy to help fire up your internal self?”
Enter the sweet, sweet sun. It is a crucial ingredient for overall health, supports your mood, sleep, and more!
We know that simply sitting outside when the sun is shining doesn’t exactly sound groundbreaking. But even on a gray day in the dead of winter, up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays still shine through to provide you with all of the above benefits.
But how beneficial? We’re glad you asked. Let’s dive into it.
Sunlight can support overall mood
There’s no doubt about it; even just a little bit of sunshine can make a difference in mood. Consider your mood on the first spring day after a dreary, cold, and dark winter. As soon as you feel the rays of the sun on your skin, you may feel happier and more energetic. This upbeat change in your disposition isn’t only in your imagination!
When light enters the eye, it stimulates neurons in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that influences mood. These nerve impulses travel to the pineal gland, which regulates serotonin, the so-called feel-good hormone linked to mood. On the other hand, when it’s dark, the pineal gland produces melatonin, a hormone that causes us to feel sleepy.
Sunlight can support a restful sleep
Exposure to early-morning sunlight has been shown to help you fall asleep better at night. We know what you’re thinking, “how will I fall asleep if I’ve been exposed to a big ball of light?” Turns out, the bright morning light from the sun signals your body to suppress melatonin production and increase cortisol production and serotonin.
Waking up with a cup of coffee or tea on your patio to soak up the sun or going for a run or walk will allow for melatonin production to decline so you can have an energy-filled day. Then, come nightfall, melatonin increases to help you fall asleep. This is also why it’s essential to avoid lights and screens before bedtime.
Sunlight supports vitamin D production
Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin.” When our skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, our body produces vitamin D. This fat-soluble vitamin is required for the absorption of calcium by the body, which (as you probably already know) is vital for bone health.
But spending just a few minutes in the sunlight may not always be enough to get the amount of vitamin D that your body truly needs — and, people who live in certain environments may not be able to access sunlight as often as others do.
This is where our vitamin D supplements come in, which are available in so many different forms and flavors!
Vitamin D Supplements
Our staple Liquid Morning Multivitamin offers D3 and many other vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and trace minerals for your body’s needs, combined for the best absorption.
Our unflavored Vegan Vitamin D3 Spray offers the same type of vitamin D that your body naturally produces in an easy-to-use spray form. If you prefer flavor and ingesting your vitamins in a different form, we also offer Vegan D3 Gummies that boast three flavors in one bottle: strawberry, lemon, and orange.
We also offer D3 paired with other specific vitamins, each for its purpose. The Sugar-Free D3 + B12 Gummies are meant to support cellular health with the benefits from each of these vitamins, while our K2 + D3 Calcium Gummies and our D3 + K2 Spray work to aid the body in calcium absorption to support bone health.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of sunlight for your health, we recommend grabbing a copy of MaryRuth’s book Liquids Till Lunch where she dives into more research and the benefits of simply getting outside on a summer day!