We all know it’s important to wear sunscreen to prevent premature wrinkles and skin cancer—especially now that summer is in full swing. But it turns out a little sun exposure may go a long way in terms of improving your health.
Here are a few surprising benefits of catching some rays:
According to the Mayo Clinic, as little as ten SPF-free minutes of sun exposure a day can help the body produce vitamin D. This healthful vitamin combines with calcium in the body to build strong bones. Vitamin D may also help prevent osteoporosis, cancer, and high blood pressure!
Have you ever spent the whole day inside and then had trouble sleeping at night? That’s because the sun works to reset the body’s “sleep-wake” cycle.
Think of the sun as an alarm clock. Stepping out into the light in the morning will help you feel more awake and ready to take on the day. By the time night rolls around, the lack of sunlight will signal to your body that it’s time to go to sleep.
Boost Your Mood
Nothing feels better than spending a day outside. That’s because the sun helps the brain produce serotonin, which is a “feel good” hormone.
During the winter many people experience the blues, often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is because they aren’t getting enough sunlight due to the shorter days and colder weather. So, take advantage of the beautiful summer months ahead and boost your mood in the sun!