by Tony Gjokaj July 26, 2021 3 min read
What are the benefits of getting direct sun exposure?
Our human skin "runs" (for lack of better word) on a serotogenic system. This means that it is capable of producing serotonin. Sunlight exposure helps produce serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates our mood, digestion, bone density, and sleep. It is synthesized from tryptophan as a result of Vitamin D, which is synthesized from sun exposure.
So in this post, we are going to explore what this means to us and why sunlight exposure benefits us.
Let's dive in!
Sunlight exposure can help you sleep better.
It has been long-debated as to whether or not serotonin can aid in improving sleep quality. In a recent study, scientists found that serotonin may have the potential of improving sleep quality as a means of building sleep pressure.
Sleep pressure is the pressure that builds up in our day-to-day wakefulness (and energy expenditure) to help us fall asleep.
This pressure builds up the longer we stay awake, and also builds up based on activities we do throughout the day (exercise, work, etc).
In addition to improving serotonin, sunlight exposure can help your body produce more melatonin in the evening. Melatonin is a hormone that our brain secretes at night. It essentially primes our body for sleep. Melatonin is sometimes supplemented with to improve sleep quality.
So if you have trouble with sleeping and you don't go outside often, consider getting some sun, or supplementing with Vitamin D.
Natural light exposure produces serotonin in our bodies. As serotonin helps regulate mood, it could potentially help you reduce stress levels.
In addition, Vitamin D has also been shown to reduce the rate of sickness. As sickness does apply stressors on our body, we believe it is essential to expose yourself to some sunlight or to supplement with Vitamin D regularly.
Sun exposure can help you build stronger bones. Vitamin D has been shown to improve bone health when exposed to sunlight or when supplemented. According to one Meta-Analysis, proper Vitamin D supplementation prevented the risk of bone fractures among individuals over 65.
It is quite common to find that people who don't get regular sun exposure (lack of Vitamin D) encounter depressive symptoms. This is commonly found during the winter time where Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) runs rampant.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is where a person experiences depression as a result of a lack of sunlight-induced serotonin.
SAD usually impacts many during the winter time, with these symptoms going to remission around spring and summer time.
I used to encounter this a lot when I would work from home and not go outside the entire day. Now, I force myself to get some sunlight during lunch time to "recharge myself" if I don't get morning exposure.
It makes a huge difference.
Sunlight can potentially extend our lives. According to one study that monitored 30,000 Swedish women for 20 years, they found that those who spent more time in the sun lived longer.
This should be more than enough for you, but we can hypothesize further. Vitamin D aids in improving immune health. It also reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases, colorectal cancer, and a variety of other challenges one might face in their lives.
It does not hurt to get some sun, especially if it helps you live longer.
The Sun provides us a variety of benefits: from looking better, feeling better, and living longer.
To conclude this post, here are some strategies to utilize to get your sun on:
Do these things, and watch your life around the sun get better.
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Tony is the Owner of Reforged. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help millions exercise their way out of depression and anxiety.
by Tony Gjokaj September 18, 2023 3 min read
Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a vital role in many bodily functions, including muscle and nerve function, blood sugar regulation, and bone health.
Despite its importance, many people do not get enough magnesium from their diets alone.
This is where supplements like magnesium glycinate can be helpful.
Magnesium glycinate is a highly bioavailable form of magnesium that is easily absorbed by the body and has several potential health benefits.
In this post, we'll explore the benefits of magnesium glycinate and why it may be a valuable addition to your overall health and wellness plan.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj September 13, 2023 3 min read
Depression is a complex mental health condition that affects millions of people around the world.
While seeking professional help is crucial, integrating exercise into your routine can be an effective complementary strategy to alleviate its symptoms.
Exercise isn't just about physical fitness; it has a profound impact on your mental well-being as well.
In this post, we'll explore the link between exercise and depression and delve into five potent ways that regular physical activity can help you on your journey to improved mental health.
by Tony Gjokaj August 13, 2023 5 min read
Have you asked yourself why most people fail their diets?
A lot of it comes from extremes: huge diet restrictions, following a fad diet that's not prescribed to your body, and more.
Many of us go too extreme to the point of so much discomfort, which makes us actually fail rather quickly.
Most of the time, people stop their diets within 5 weeks.
So today, I wanted to shift your mindset towards nutrition.
In this post, we are going to go over 5 nutrition principles for success.
Let's dive in!