Health Benefits of Spending Time in the Sun

Studies show that increased sun exposure can actually be good for your health

Often we are reminded that overexposure to the sun is detrimental to your skin. The fears of sunburns, sun poisoning, wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer are common. But that does not mean that we should hide from the sun entirely. [slideshow:1125]

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Studies have proven that safe sun exposure is just as important to our health. And with the winter months coming along, it is important to remember that being outside in the sun is quite beneficial.

Everything from mental to physical health can be boosted by spending sometime out in those warm rays. And while the benefits are numerous, safely exposing your skin to those UV rays is key. Using sunscreen out on the slopes is just as important as using it while sunbathing on the beach.

Fall and winter months can promote a lazier, cuddle-driven lifestyle, away from the outdoors and comfortably seated on the couch. But these 9 benefits prove that spending some time out in the sun during the not-so-warm seasons are imperative to promoting a healthier, happier, and longer life.

Boosts Vitamin D Supply

Cases of Vitamin D deficiency are most likely due to a lack of outside sun exposure. Vitamin D is important for strong bones and a deficiency can ultimately lead to rickets, a disease in which bone tissue does not mineralize properly.

Increases Happiness

Research has found that sunshine increases serotonin which can help alter moods in the brain. It can help with minor depression and more time in the sun during the wintertime can help prevent seasonal depression in the winter.

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