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The Bible tells us, “To you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2). Jesus is compared to the sun and brings healing to our hearts and minds. We also receive healthful properties for our bodies from exposure to sunshine in proper amounts. For many in the Northern Hemisphere, this is a time of year when getting enough sunlight is challenging.

Sunlight helps more than plants grow. It provides a host of benefits to people. It can lift your energy levels, improve your sleep, relax muscles, and prevent many diseases like cancer, obesity, MS, heart disease and osteoporosis. And that’s just a partial list!

But doesn’t sunlight cause skin cancer? Overexposure to sunshine can damage your skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. But like many other beneficial properties in nature, moderation is the key. If you have fair skin and burn easily, you need to be careful and decrease how much sunshine you expose yourself to. The ideal, in order to receive adequate amounts of Vitamin D is 30 minutes per day, three times per week (for most Caucasians). The darker your skin, the longer exposure you’ll need.

Serotonin and Melatonin

Two important hormones in our bodies are melatonin (which is produced when we sleep in darkness) and serotonin (which is increased in sunlight). Serotonin is a chemical that our brains need to keep us awake and alert. It also provides us with a feeling of well-being and happiness. Sleeping away most of our daylight hours and spending most of our time exposed to artificial light can cause depression.

One more benefit of sunlight is that it can improve your sleep. Moderate amounts of sunlight regulate and balance serotonin and melatonin. Sleep disorders are often associated with an imbalance of these two hormones.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). Perhaps we need to listen to Christ’s words both spiritually and literally. Maybe you need to “walk in the sunlight” more each day. If you do, you’ll experience a solar-powered body that will help you be happier and healthier!

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By Curtis Rittenour. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION ©.

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