Sunny days are here again! If just the word “summer” lifts your mood, it’s not surprising, because research has shown that sunlight has an anti-depressant action – and that’s just one of the many benefits it has for you and your health. Baxton Property Management in Hobart recommends you make sure to protect your skin from possible sun damage, and then get out of the rental and into the sunlight.
Here Comes the Sun
Referring to someone as having a sunny disposition has probably disappeared out of modern-day language ny now, but clearly the old wives of last century were onto something. Back in 2002, Melbourne’s Baker Research Institute researcher Gavin Lambert found out what it was. His team found that the sun boosted the levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin and this helped combat a form of depression suffered in the winter months. Aptly named SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, it affects energy and fatigue levels, worsens concentration and increases moodiness. Since then, other researchers have expanded the claims for sunlight’s antidepressant healing powers to include other forms of depression. And this is not the only health benefit of sunlight.
Benefits of Sunlight
Heading the list is its ability to provide the body with Vitamin D, one of the body’s top weapons in maintaining healthy bones and teeth, and boosting the immune system.
Sunlight is also claimed to have a purifying ability that kills bad bacteria, disinfects wounds and even penetrates the skin to cleanse blood vessels. This leads to suggestions that it could play a part in lowering blood pressure, relieving hardened arteries, and facilitating the body’s delivery of oxygen to the muscles, for increased stamina and fitness. It may even help reduce cholesterol. And, if you suffer from skin problems like psoriasis, acne, fungal infections or eczema, it’s possible that controlled exposure to sunlight might help relieve these, too.
There are also indications that sunlight protects against dementia, decreases asthma symptoms and may even contribute to preventing and healing cancer.
Want to help your baby grow into a tall adult? Apparently exposure to sunlight in the first few months can help your little one grow, and affect how tall he or she will be when an adult. It’s an idea handed down in the histories of many of the world’s cultures.
Take it Easy
Don’t use sunlight as a quick fix, though. Too much exposure to the sun’s rays has also been linked to the development of skin cancer. So, if you have been leading an indoor life as most of us do these days, don’t try to cram a lifetime’s worth of sunlight treatment (or heliotherapy) into a couple of days on a Tasmanian beach. It is important to do it gradually, avoiding the midday hours, and slowly increasing how long you spend in the sun over a period of time.
Baxton Property Management in Hobart wishes its property owner clients and their tenants a holiday season full of sunshine, and a fit and healthy 2018. To get more info on the services provided by this Tasmanian property management specialist, and keep up to date on items of interest to property owners and tenants, visit the Baxton website.
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