Research from around the world has concluded that a dose of sunny weather is good for us.
While it’s well known that sun exposure without SPF can result in skin cancer and premature aging, researchers from various global institutes have found a whole lot of good reasons to get in the summer spirit.
Scientists have also found sunshine allows the body to produce feel-good chemical serotonin and nitric oxide, which helps protect our cardiovascular system.
Previous research published in the Environmental Science & Technology Journal found that just five minutes of exercise outdoors can make you feel happier and less stressed. It’s also been found that 20 to 30 minutes of early morning fitness under the sun can help lower body fat.
The US National Cancer Institute found people exposed to high levels of sunshine were less likely to die from breast and colon cancer, as well as bladder, womb, esophagus, and stomach cancer.
Vitamin D also has positive effects on fertility, boosting levels of progesterone and estrogen, and regulating menstrual cycles. Sunshine also improves levels of testosterone, the male sex hormone. Plus, the wonder vitamin can improve memory and protect against dementia.
Of course, it's hard to stay outdoors right now especially when the heat index is somewhere between OMG and WTF. If you do find yourself spending time outdoors, make sure you wear at least SPF 30 and you take regular breaks in the shade.