10 surprising benefits of soaking in sunlight for 15 minutes daily

If you think sunbathing is a sheer waste of time, then you are sadly mistaken. FYI, it has more benefits than you could ever imagine.
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Soak up the sun to get tons of health benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Nikita Bhardwaj Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 15:58 pm IST
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When was the last time you basked in sunlight? And FYI, we aren’t referring to the scorching summer heat.  Looks like it’s hard to recall your last sunbathing session, isn’t it? That’s because most of the time we are indoors, and when we move out we slather on sunscreen. 

Sadly, that’s one of the reasons that nowadays people are dealing with skin and other health-related issues, because they lack vitamin D, which is abundantly available in the early morning sun rays. All you need is just 15 minutes to get drenched in the sun to metabolize your body and give yourself the gift of health.    

Here are ten amazing health benefits of taking a sunbath
1. Taking a sunbath helps to keep your blood pressure in check

This is especially helpful for those who are dealing with hypertension. It is seen that taking a sunbath helps in activating the nitric oxide that is found in the topmost layer of the skin. It helps to improve the blood circulation by widening the blood vessels. This helps to keep your blood pressure in check.

Bathing in sun is great for your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. It induces sleep

If you are suffering from insomnia, then instead of popping pills, try sunbathing. Bathing in the sun helps in the production of melatonin that helps to improve the quality of the sleep.

3. It helps to heal skin issues

If you think sun rays can destroy your skin, then you should think again because bathing in the early morning sun can benefit you instead. In fact, according to a study published in the journal of Climatotherapy of psoriasis, taking a sunbath can help you deal with extreme skin issues as well.

4. It helps to boost immunity

As sunlight is an age-old method to treat autoimmune diseases, it is great to boost your body’s immune system.

5. It keeps diabetes in check

This is due to the presence of vitamin D, which is perennial in the production of insulin in the body. This can help to avoid or control diabetes.

The link between taking a sunbath and diabetes. Image courtesy:
6. Taking a sunbath helps you relax

It calms your muscles and helps in the cognitive development of the brain.

7. It is great for your bone health

Once again, vitamin D plays a big role here, as it helps in better absorption of calcium in the body, and makes your bones stronger than ever.

8. It helps in fighting depression as well

Taking a sunbath boosts your mood, especially during the winter season, when the signs of seasonal affective disorder are witnessed. A 15-minute sunbath will make you feel energised and much calmer.

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9. Taking a sunbath is great for eyes as well

Vitamin D, the vision vitamin plays a role here as well. But you don’t have to stare at the sun for better vision. Just stand in the sun for 15 minutes and that’s it.

Keep your eyes happy and healthy by taking a sunbath. Image: Shutterstock
10. It lessens the chances of getting Alzheimer’s

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was found that Alzheimer’s patients who were exposed to bright light had fewer symptoms of depression and forgetfulness.

So ladies, be ready to dip yourself in some sun.

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