General recommendation by doctors to all after forty, especially ladies is a supplement of vitamin D. Arthritis is now added to the list of lifestyle diseases. All these are because we are not sufficiently utilizing the freely available natural source. Sunlight is the best source of this bone strengthening vitamin that aids in the production of calcium. Recent research suggests that sunlight helps in protecting against colds and fighting depression and has many other benefits. If the charging of our bodies with sun energy is correct, later it transmits this energy towards all parts of the human body and helps in healing.

All life on the earth depends on the sun for heat and light. We have evolved as a human race for millions of years under the warmth and love of the sun. The Sun is important for the very existence of life on earth: the plant life, marine life and animal life.

As a direct source, sunlight spurs the body to make vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for bone health. It is known that solar ultraviolet radiation is necessary for synthesis of calciferol, the forerunner of vitamin D. Hormone calciferol is released into the blood stream by the skin when sunlight falls on the skin. Without calciferol, there’ll be shortage of calcium in growing bones. Crippling deformities and rickets in children is a cause of calcium deficiency. Adequate daily exposure to sunlight is necessary for a proper growth of bones and the prevention of rickets.

A regular, small amount of sun exposure everyday without sunscreen can do wonders to the body. Because of the fear and misconception of skin-cancer risk and premature aging, there isn't an official recommendation to catch some sun rays. This is making a whole generation Vitamin D deficient. If we can charge our mobiles every day, why not charge our own system that performs so many tasks?

Atapa Snana is the yogic phrase for the healing science of sun bathing. There is a great mis-conception in the modern world about exposure to the sun. Ancient yogis and many other cultures knew how to use the sun to heal all kinds of illnesses, and bring about radiant health.

In the West, the history of using sunlight therapy dates back to the ancient Greeks. It was called heliosis. Today, the name for sunlight therapy is heliotherapy.

About 20 to 25 minutes of direct exposure in the mild rays of sun is helpful. Light through a window won't work as most of useful ultraviolet rays are blocked by the glass.

Ultra Violet light is just one frequency of light; there are eight others - infrared, and the seven spectrums of visible light. Each one has its own unique healing power!

Don't completely shun the sun, as sun exposure has numerous health benefits that go beyond just vitamin D. Sunbathing and wholesome foods can lessen, cure and even reverse the occurrence of breast cancer. The German solders used sunlight to disinfect and heal wounds after world war one. Sunlight has a beneficial effect on skin disorders, such as psoriasis, acne, eczema and fungal infections of the skin.

Sunlight lowers cholesterol by converting high cholesterol in the blood into steroid hormones. In the absence of sunlight, the opposite happens; substances convert to cholesterol. Skin that is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays release a compound, nitric oxide that lowers blood pressure.

Sunlight penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse the blood and blood vessels. People with atherosclerosis (hardened arteries) improve with sun exposure. Sunlight increases oxygen content in human blood and it also enhances the body's capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues, very similar to the effects of exercise. The sun has a great effect on stamina, fitness and muscular development. Sunlight builds the immune system. The white blood cells, which increase with sun exposure, are called lymphocytes, and these play a major role in defending the body against infections. Regular sunlight exposure increases the growth and height of children, especially babies. Doctors normally recommend newborns to be exposed to early morning sunrays. Many cultures throughout history have recognized this fact. Studies have shown the amount of sun exposure in the first few months has an effect on how tall the person grows. Sunlight can cure depression and the same is caused when we are depriving ourselves of the illumination of nature, by sitting in enclosed atmosphere with artificial lighting.

Exposure to sunlight is essential for a good sleep. Your amount of daylight exposure is vital in maintaining a normal circadian rhythm. These rhythms include physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle and respond to light and darkness in the body's environment. The sleep-wake cycle is contingent on morning sunlight to help you sleep at night. Natural daylight helps your body clock restart to its active daytime phase. To ensure that your body clock is in sync, be sure to go outside and get some sunlight when you wake up or turn on the lights in your room. The less morning light you expose yourself to, the more difficult it will be for you to fall asleep and wake up at your set time

Exposure to the sun should be done slowly! If you are not used to the sun, then your skin will be more sensitive to it. Build up your tolerance slowly to avoid sunburn.

Regular sunlight exposure can naturally increase the serotonin levels in your body, making you more active and alert. First sun rays are the most active. Then the human system is most receptive towards the sun energy. At this time the system absorbs the biggest quantity and the most powerful positive energy. Sunbathing before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m. when the content of ultraviolet rays is less and sufficient for body needs is the right time. The sun’s rays when they pass through the window glass have most of its ultraviolet content absorbed.

The energy that comes from the Sun brings with it a store of life forces, of healing energy. When you are making sunbaths, you need to expose as much skin as possible.

The sun has many good effects on the body apart from the environmental factor. It influences the temperature of wind and ocean currents. It has its effect on rainfall and most important of all photosynthesis of plants.

Ultimately we are all beings of light, the dust of stars circulating in the cosmos. All life nourishes itself through this light.


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