Summertime hits, and you’re still sittin’ in the dark at
your TV or computer. If you go outside, ya might get burned, and that’s too big
a health risk. Well, girl, you’re missin’ out! Just slap on some sunscreen
because the sun is super important for you to stay healthy and happy. Here are
five reasons why we heart those rays:
Vitamin J for Joy
Soakin’ up the sun keeps you happy. In fact, some people
have an extreme need for the sun and develop seasonal affective disorder (SAD),
which is a form of depression that gets worse in winter when it’s dark and cold
out. So take advantage of the free mood lift, and get outside!
When your skin is exposed to sunlight, your bod produces
vitamin D, which decreases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. And
since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, it’s
pretty obvious why we heart the sun.
There have been lots of studies trying to connect vitamin D
with reduced risk of cancers, like breast and pancreatic, but so far scientists
don’t all agree. Since there are some that say there’s a link, make sure you’re
gettin’ enough time in the sun, just to be safe.
Another benefit of vitamin D is that it helps your bod
absorb calcium. And if ya get enough calcium, you won’t end up with
osteoporosis, which causes your bones to get weak. Lots of older ladies have
osteoporosis, so they break bones easily and become stooped. But if you get
your calcium in now with the help of a li’l sunshine, you won’t have to worry
when you add some age.
Snag Some Shut-Eye
Going out in the sun makes your bod release melatonin, which
keeps your circadian rhythm goin’ strong. That way, you won’t have to worry
about insomnia when it’s time to go to bed. The last thing ya want is to pull
an all-nighter when you don’t have to.
What are some of your
fave outdoor activities that let ya soak up some sun?
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 7/4/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN health, summer