Health Benefits of Natural Light

Posted on

The obvious benefit of installing solar light tubes is the energy savings that result lowering your electrical bills; however another less hyped benefit is the natural light they bring into your home. Natural light is pleasing in general for most people but did you know that it is also beneficial to your health? Not only is natural sunlight an effective germ killer it is also linked to improving moods and assisting with curing some illnesses.

Sunlight can kill bacteria present in dust particles and other germs that could be spread around your family. It is the ultraviolet rays in sunlight that act as a natural antiseptic that will improve your home environment. To get the most out of the sun, hang blankets and quilts or other items outside in the sunshine for a few hours to kill any virus, bacteria or mold on them. Killing germs is only one health benefit that natural light offers but is a great start to keeping your family safe and healthy.

Did you know that a lack of exposure to natural light has been linked to disorders such as: seasonal affective disorder, rickets, depression, and osteoporosis? Our bodies need natural light to make vitamin D which helps with some of those disorders, but sunlight also helps balance hormones and encourages healthy blood circulation to improve overall health. There are other ways to get vitamin D such as food, but sunlight is the best source for your body to create it naturally. Another benefit of daily exposure to sunlight is the increase of white blood cells in your blood which enhances your immune system and also improves digestion and metabolism.

We are not saying that you need to run outside and lay in the sun all day. There are downsides to overexposure to the sun as well. Skin cancer can be caused by overexposure to the sun so you must be careful to protect yourself while getting your daily sun. Spending just 10 minutes a day in natural sunlight is enough for your body to regulate itself and get all the benefits from the sunlight it can! But you can have natural light in your home without the sunburn just by installing solar light tubes. All the benefits and none of the downside!