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5 reasons to heart the sun's sizzlin' rays

 
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!

 

Heart Health

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.

 

Cancer Conscious

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.

 

Stand Proud

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

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