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3 Health Benefits of Sunlight.

Getting out outdoors and feeling a part of nature has been shown to lower cognitive anxiety, whilst also increasing mindfulness, vitality and happiness.

As spring approaches I’m sure you’ll have noticed the nights are getting lighter and the days are feeling longer once more. Has this made you feel more inclined to get outdoors and start reaping the benefits of nature? Here are five amazing health benefits of sunlight

Sunlight increases Vitamin D levels.

For healthy bones it’s important to get enough vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. Vitamin D deficiency can cause to bones becoming weak, soft and form deformities. According to the World Health Organization we should be aiming to get between 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight 2-3 times a week to enjoy the vitamin D benefits of the sun. Sun exposure makes you happy and can combat SAD.

Sun exposure makes you happy and can combat SAD

Sunlight increases serotonin levels which in turn makes you happy. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of seasonal affective disorder or SAD. This is a form of depression often triggered by the changing seasons when the level of sunlight is reduced. Getting outside even on a dull day will help boost serotonin more than staying indoors. Sunlight is a natural painkiller.

Sunlight is a natural painkiller

A recent study found that post-surgery exposure to sunlight decreased stress and pain, minimising the need for painkillers by 21%. It is believed that sunlight increases beta-endorphins in the skin resulting in painkilling effects.

Sunlight has many benefits, but you should also be careful to ensure your skin doesn’t burn in the sun. Therefore, remember to protect your skin before it starts to turn red or burn.

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