“Sunshine, Freedom, and A Little Flower”

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” -Hans Christian Andersen.

This summer we did quite work for planting flowers, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. On one weekend, we even worked in the yard until midnight. It certainly was worth the effect. The flowers have brought the beauty, happiness and sunshine into our lives!

Walking, running, bicycling and yard work all are great outdoor activities. The sunshine give us great joy and benefits. There is scientific evidence behind the sunshine.

Vitamin D is called “sunshine vitamin”, because sunlight stimulates the production of vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption. If our body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, we are at risk of developing bone osteoporosis (porous bone), causing the bones to weaken and more susceptible to fracture. Petite women have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis since they already have less bone to lose.

The sunlight also gives us benefits of mental health. Vitamin D play an important role in regulating mood. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with depression. Related to the current pandemic, many doctors believe vitamin D helping to reduce the likelihood of developing flu and COVID-19.

About 10-minute unprotected sun exposure is sufficient for lighter-skinned people for Vitamin D, while those with darker skin will need longer. Over exposure to sunshine can cause sunburn or even skin cancer.

Life is beautiful with the gifts from the nature. It is our appreciation and gratitude to smell the fresh air, enjoy the gorgeous flowers and walk on sunshine!

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