Pictures of the Spanish and Italian coasts full of life from spring onwards are common, and the common element in them is the bright light of the sun. Its energy accompanies us more than 300 days throughout the year, almost twice as much as in other regions of the UK, Iceland, or Norway.
And that is the power of the Mediterranean character, the sun. Among the many vitamins we absorb from this star is vitamin D, which is very necessary for our body because it helps to keep chronic diseases, such as depression, at bay. This is confirmed by a study carried out by Layola University of Medicine in Chicago.
Vitamin D helps us produce serotonin, the happiness hormone, which regulates our mood, according to medical studies in the Norwegian Journal of Internal Medicine. With the sun’s stimulation, our body also produces melatonin, which regulates sleep cycles, and also promotes the absorption of calcium, which is necessary for bone growth and to prevent osteoporosis.
To these beneficial effects of the sun, we can add others such as the increase in the number of defenses, the reduction of cholesterol levels and protection against certain cancers.
The effects of vitamin D on our body and mind are clear. The warmth of the sun on our skin gives us a pleasant feeling of well-being that makes us feel more active and better about ourselves. A mood boost that makes us more sociable, active, and even lowers our levels of fatigue, stress, and anxiety.
And although worries lurk everywhere on the planet, perhaps, here on the Mediterranean coasts the good times are enjoyed to the fullest, outdoors and, whenever we can, surrounded by friends.