Sunflowers got this name because they turn to the sun from the moment it rises to the moment it sets. Even on cloudy days, those sunflowers track the sun’s path, regardless of it being visible or not. To those inanimate yet living plants, the sun is the source of all life. Absorbing the light through the leaves gives energy and restores the flower’s capacity to go on. Likewise, human beings need sunlight to recharge the body.
“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” —Helen Keller
Not only does the sun provide Vitamin D through the skin being exposed to sunlight, but it also boosts immunity and improves brain function.
Physical Healing Abilities:
According to the Sunlight Institute, sunlight was used to speed up the process of healing wounds before antibiotics were invented. Sunlight is an efficient germ killer, as proved by many doctors. Ancient civilization relied heavily on natural healers and remedies.
Add to that, the sun is the best source for Vitamin D. Said vitamin is perhaps an underrated one, since it’s free. A few minutes in the sun per day helps the skin immensely.
The World Health Organization also documents the health benefits of solar light and vitamin D in reducing skin cancer. “Vitamin D from UVB or oral sources reduces the risk of about 24 types of cancer, 4–7 that 1000–1500 IU of vitamin D per day is required to reduce cancer rates by 30–50%.”
Sunlight also helps in weight loss. A new study shared by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation done by the University of Alberta researchers found that fat cells shrink when exposed to blue light from sun.
Moreover, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information , sunlight also helps in building strong bones. Low vitamin D levels in children have been linked to bone diseases that cause the decay and malformation of bones.
Mental Healing Abilities:
Sunlight triggers the release of hormones in the brain. Serotonin, the chemical produced by nerve cells, is responsible for stabilizing our mood and feelings of happiness.
The Hormone Health Network explains how the lack of serotonin is a major cause of depression. The absence of serotonin leads to the misbalance of brain activity. However, the excess of serotonin leads to excessive nerve cell activity. Thus, a regulated amount is a must.
A study done on 80 adults struggling with depression proved that around 76% were able to improve and get better through exposure to the sun alone. Over the course of three months, those adults were asked to include in their daily routines 15 minutes of sunlight. 76% is a big number, considering they were not asked to go therapy and only relied on sunlight.
WHO explains that 5 to 15 minutes each day are enough. Excessive and direct contact with the sun will lead to many complications with the skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology warns against sunburns if the exposure to the sun is continuous and without protection. It is also crucial to start treatment as soon as the burn is noticed.
Always keep in mind; shirt for the body, a hat for the head, and cream for the skin. Be smart and moderate to benefit to the maximum with no health complications.
Located in the heart of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is the largest island with outstanding scenery of natural beauty. This welcoming European island promises sunny weather and warmth. Away from the noise and pollution, the peaceful island offers a calm sanctuary. The World Travel Guide preaches Mallorca’s beaches and protected nature reserves that are important for wildlife and ensure no air pollution.
In THE BALANCE rehab center in Mallorca, sunlight and warm weather are guaranteed. Healing the soul has never been this easy to access. Not only will you experience the freshness and natural healing, but you will also allow your body to absorb incredible energy and let it take in the sunlight. We help you become your own sunflower; head held high and following the sun, healthily and happily.