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Spring feelings: How hormones now affect our bodies


Spring is not long in coming

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and with it the good mood. Activities in the fresh air are increasing again, there is more flirting and you will find a happy smile everywhere. The famous spring feelings finally awaken from hibernation. But what happens to our body when the hormones go crazy?

Serotonin and endorphin make you happy

Psychological studies have shown that spring feelings really do exist. Because when the sun's rays hit the skin, the brain releases the happiness hormone endorphin. Endorphin is a messenger substance that is formed in the pituitary gland, acts as a pain reliever and is released when positive experiences are made. The formation of sex hormones is also due to the endorphins. Another happiness hormone that is stimulated by sunlight is serotonin. It makes the body more relaxed, balanced and content and is also known as an activity hormone. The antagonist of serotonin, the sleep hormone melatonin, is reduced during the transition from winter to summer. We feel more awake and active again.

Testosterone production increases in spring and summer

The sex hormone of men, testosterone, also rises in spring and summer. But it's not just a sex hormone. Testosterone is also important for the psyche and ensures that men feel physically more comfortable. In contrast, there is no such thing as a seasonal hormone rhythm in women.

Spring feelings can be increased through exercise

If you are still doing sports in the sunshine, you will notice that the good mood and happiness increase even further. Many studies have shown that exercise has a mood-enhancing effect on the mind. Responsible for this are the messenger substances, such as endorphins and morphines, which have pain-relieving and mood-enhancing effects.

Vitamin D is formed by sunlight

Enjoying the sun's rays has a positive effect on the mood. Numerous studies have shown that there is a clear connection between depressed mood and a vitamin D deficiency. For example, depressive moods were hardly found among people living in the Mediterranean, and more frequently among people living in Scandinavia.

If a vitamin D deficiency is compensated, the mood increases. Healthy people make vitamin D primarily through the skin in sunlight. It is enough to have the hands, face and parts of arms and legs irradiated by the sun. The body uses the UVB radiation from the sun and produces vitamin D from a cholesterol in the skin that was previously modified in the liver. This is important for the bones, the immune system and the muscles. Here we are dependent on the complete color spectrum of sunlight.

Empathy and concentration through rising temperatures and more light

When the temperatures rise, people are not only in a better mood, they also become more empathetic and more lenient with others. This means that other people are not as stressed and become more empathic. Happiness is known to be contagious. Daylight also promotes health and concentration and makes people more productive and satisfied. (fm)

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