We are all familiar with the hazards of sun exposure, but not enough sun can also be problematic. Almost all the vitamin D in our bodies is made by exposure to sunlight, and research has now shown that the lack of sunlight in the UK, combined with over-use of high factor sun creams, can cause health issues.
In the UK, sunlight doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation in winter for our skin to be able to make vitamin D.
Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium to make healthy bones, and it can also boost the immune system, increase serotonin which is one of the “happy” hormones – an important antidote to depression – and can help in the prevention of cancer and autoimmune diseases. If you suffer from low mood during winter months, try taking a D3 vitamin supplement ( https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-get-vitamin-d-from-sunlight/)
Sunshine definitely helps our mood – it’s easy to witness how we Brits seem happier, more relaxed and even friendlier when the sun is shining! No matter what our UK weather is doing, getting outside even for short periods in low light can help our health.
By: Wendy Bramham
See also our related article: https://www.bramhamtherapy.co.uk/building-emotional-resilience-staying-well-2018/