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How the sun affects us

We are approaching the summer solstice, meaning there is plenty of sunshine to go around. The warmest time of the year can bring many benefits.  From longer days, better weather, and an emphasis on doing as much as possible. This goes hand in hand with being outside and in the sun. The sun can bring you benefits other than just a good tan too. Here is how the sun affects our health.


1.Better sleep

The body produces a hormone called melatonin when you go to sleep and the sun goes down. Sunlight influences our melatonin levels, making it easier to fall asleep when you get direct sun exposure. After being outside all day, you will feel the full effects of the sun as your body will have an easier time going to rest.


2.Keeps your bones strong.

The body produces Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D has been shown to help with maintaining calcium, the mineral that affects your bone health and strength. Just a 15-minute walk in the sun every day will help maintain bone density at an optimal level.


3.Helps your mood

There is no question that sunlight can affect your mood in a positive way. Your body produces serotonin when you are in the sun. Serotonin is a chemical that affects our mood and is sometimes known as the “happiness” hormone. Sunlight can help brighten your day and can help counter any effects of depression or anxiety.


4.Chill out under the sun

There’s a reason why the thought of a beach on a warm summer day is such a cliché. Sunlight can help reduce stress. It makes sense when you also consider how much more active people are in the summer. Use the sun to your advantage and enjoy what the outside world has to offer and relax. Whether it is on a beach chair, a hammock, or in a tent, the summer is a perfect time to enjoy the outside world.


5.Helps the immune system

Sunlight can go a long way when it comes to your immune system too. Vitamin D is essential for a healthy, full functioning immune system. So if you aren’t feeling quite yourself, a walk in the sun can help.


Enjoy the sun and appreciate the outside world for what it has to offer. It can do wonders for you and your body.

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