Health Benefits of Sunshine

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger
Catch some rays ... and get some health benefits thrown in!

Catch some rays … and get some health benefits thrown in!

On February 2nd, world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, telling us that we’ll have six more weeks of winter. This might not be welcome news to some of us, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be prepared for what’s to come! As we all know, sunshine, and the Vitamin D that it provides, can be in short supply this time of year. In fact, research shows that almost 90% of us aren’t getting enough of this essential vitamin. Today, Jayhawk Pharmacy takes a moment to review some of the health benefits of sunshine and the reasons why you should make it a point to get outside, even in these remaining winter months.


Sunshine helps you sleep: regular time in the sun can help regulate your circadian rhythm, which can lead to better sleep quality.

It lifts your mood and increases your creativity: exposure to sunshine increases our levels of serotonin, a chemical in our bodies that helps to regulate and lift our mood. That lift leads to not only better moods but also to increased feelings of creativity and alertness throughout the day.

Sunshine decreases risks for certain diseases: Consistent sun exposure has been shown to help decrease symptoms of some diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that Multiple Sclerosis is more common in people who live farther away from equator, and that early sunlight exposure in life can influence the risk of developing MS.

It can improve your bone health: Recent research has shown a correlation between bone density and blood levels of vitamin D3, and a higher rate of bone fractures in cases where lower levels of the vitamin are present.


So, even in these last few chilly months, take some time each day to get out in the sun and breathe in some fresh air. Your body will thank you! And, as always, if Jayhawk Pharmacy can be of any assistance, don’t hesitate to call us at 785-228-9700.


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