6 Ways the Lack of Sun is Killing you
It is January and the Holiday Season is over. All we have left are short days and no sunlight. At least if you are living i Scandinavia. January is not only the time for loosing the weight it is also the time where the Winter Depression sets is. And as if it is not hard enough to wander through days of darkness – it is also scientifically proven that the lack of sun is killing you.
1: We know that too much sun can cause cancer. But even a LACK of sunlight has been linked to certain cancers.
Vitamin D deficiencies can lead to the development of prostate and breast cancer and an increased risk for developing dementia and schizophrenia.
2: Lack of sunlight can be as harmful to your heart as eating too many cheeseburgers
Vitamin D deficiencies in men caused by not enough sunlight make them twice as likely to develop heart disease.
3: Shortness of sunlight can lead to a clinical depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
The less sunlight we are exposed to in the winter months, the more likely we are to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Symptoms of SAD are anxiety, sleep problems or even suicidal thoughts.
4: As a woman I have a higher risk of developing SAD compared to a man
The average age of onset of SAD is between 18 and 30 years of age. SAD is nearly non-existent in people over the age of 60.
5: Absence of sunlight makes it harder to beat the flu
This combined with the hours we spend on our phone or computer rather than sleeping come at a high cost. The amount of sleep we get affects our immune system and how fast the body recover.
6: The sunlight helps keeping me from obesity
The sun supplies us with Nitric Oxide (NO). NO is important for the human body as a tool for regulating important physiological processes like our metabolism. Proper exposure to NO from the sun will help metabolism running smoothly and discourage overeating.
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