The winter season is here and the sun has already started playing hide and seek.Sunshine is equally important for kids as much it is for adults.Parents these days generally prefer to let their kids play inside rather than outside, in fear of pollution.That being said, a little amount of sunshine is essential and parents should let their kids bask in the sun.
Given below are some of the health benefits of sunshine:
1.Vitamin D Production – Vitamin D is produced in the human body upon its exposure to sunlight.Vitamin D is essential because it aids in the absorption of calcium and other essential minerals in the body.Calcium, in turn, builds strong teeth and bones.Vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, a bone-softening disease which continues to affect children maximum the age group of 0-2 years.
2.Better Sleep -A bit of sunshine every day helps to regulate circadian rhythms for a better night’s sleep.Circadian rhythms are our internal clock which determines our sleep/wake cycle.Proper sleep ensures improved behavior among kids.
3.Boosts Immune System- Children often suffer from reduced immunity during the winter season.Let your kids play in the sun at least for a good 30-40 minutes.Sunlight encourages the production of white blood cells, which help to boost your immune system and fight infection.
4.Improved metabolism and fight obesity- Kids these days are spending their maximum time of the day indoors on iPads and phones.This is definitely making them more obese and lethargic.Studies have shown a correlation between sun exposure and an increase in metabolism.
5.Improved eyesight -Along with Vitamins A & C, Vitamin D is also said to aid in better eyesight among kids.Vitamin D results in reduced inflammation of the retina and improved vision.
So parents do not fear the sun. Go out and embrace the sun.Let them soak in its goodness while they have a good time playing and interacting with their surroundings.