While we’re all received information that too much exposure to the sunlight isn’t good for our skin, we also need to keep in mind that it can help our bodies, too.
Soaking up the sunlight induces the production of more vitamin D, which opposes depression, disease, and strengthens our immune systems. But according to a recent survey published in the Scientific Reports periodical, sunlight is even better for us than we previously thought.
According to researchers from Georgetown University, sunlight helps T cells, the white blood cell that play a key role in our immune systems, to move faster.
They found that low levels of blue illumination from the sunlight or special lamps activate hydrogen peroxide, which is released by white blood cell to kill bacteria and fight off infections.
“An immune response also uses hydrogen peroxide to stimulate T cells move to the damage, ” says Gerard Ahern, PhD, the author of the study. “This all fits together.”