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Hidden Health Benefits to Owning a Sunroom

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We all know that spending time in the sun can be beneficial to your health, but most people aren’t too sure of the specifics. One thing is for sure – having your very own sunroom makes it easy for you to get more sun all year round. Here are a few of our favorite advantages of being a sunroom owner and enthusiast.

What are the benefits?

Vitamin D.
Sunlight is the major source of vitamin D-producing Ultraviolet B radiation, which has a wide range of positive health effects, including possibly inhibiting the growth of some cancers. Although long-term sunlight exposure is known to be associated with various health risks, that certainly doesn’t mean that you should avoid it completely! Find a good balance for your sunlight exposure that does not leave you sunburned. Vitamin D supplements aren’t quite a perfect substitute; as the human body has natural mechanisms that would prevent overdoses of vitamin D generated internally from sunlight, but these mechanisms would not be able to handle the supplements.

Better moods.
Sunlight increases serotonin production in your brain, which is the chemical responsible for making you feel happy. This is why many people experience seasonal affective disorder, which means that they feel much happier in the summertime than they do in the wintertime. In fact, vitamin D is often used to treat cases of depression. So if you catch yourself down in the dumps for whatever reason, try spending a little more time in your sunroom, maybe with a good book.

Lower blood pressure.
In recent studies, scientists have found evidence that sun exposure is actually lowering blood pressure, which in turn is decreasing the number of cases of heart problems, like strokes or heart attacks. They have found that nitric oxide is released when the sun touches our skin, which in turn lowers blood pressure.

No bugs!
Having a sunroom means you can enjoy all of these benefits in the comfort of your own home! Insects and other pests will not be able to bother you as you relax in your beautiful sunroom. You won’t have to drench yourself in bug spray, which can include harsh chemicals that aren’t good for your skin or body. If you’re growing herbs or other plants in your sunroom, the same protection from insects applies to them, leaving you with healthier and more beautiful foliage.