5 reasons the sun is good for you

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We’re heading for a heatwave, so get outside and start embracing that sun

1. It can help to lower blood pressure

A study, conducted by Edinburgh University discovered that when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, a compound is released in our blood vessels that helps lower blood pressure. The findings suggest that exposure to sunlight improves health overall, because the benefits of reducing blood pressure far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer.

2. It can improve bone strength

Vitamin D is a vital nutrient, helping the gut to absorb calcium. It isn’t present in many foods, so to boost Vitamin D levels, UV exposure to the sun is needed. A recent study found that people who take more holidays in the sun reap the benefits and have higher levels of Vitamin D, which reduced the risk of them developing conditions like multiple sclerosis. ��

3. It makes you happier

Exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin, which is a natural mood stabiliser, and research has shown that it plays an important role in regulating mood, appetite, sleep, and dreaming. Nearly every one of the 40 million brain cells we have, are influenced either directly or indirectly by serotonin, so if there was ever an excuse to book a summer holiday, this is it!

4. It can aid weight loss

In 2014, American scientists discovered that adults who get sunlight early in the day are likely to have a lower body mass index than those who don’t. And this year another study found that sunlight can actually help to shrink fat cells and increase weight loss. Goodbye gym membership, hello sunshine!

5. It helps you to sleep better

If getting to sleep at night is a struggle, then perhaps you’re not getting enough morning light. Studies have found that those who are exposed to sunlight within an hour of waking up can change their natural body clocks to help them fall asleep better at night. Researchers found that people who were exposed to greater amounts of light during the morning hours, between 8 a.m. and midday fell asleep more quickly at night and had fewer sleep disturbances during the night compared to those exposed to low light in the morning.

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