Wednesday, July 15, 2009



The sun gets a lot of bad press, but that DOESN'T mean you should stick to the shade this summer. Here are ten reasons getting a little sun is GOOD for your health . . .

#1.) VITAMIN D. When your skin's exposed to sunlight, it produces Vitamin D, which is important for your bones. And vitamin D deficiencies are linked to seasonal affective disorder . . . a.k.a. "the winter blues" . . . and even premature cancer.

#2.) ENDORPHINS. They're like natural anti-depressants, and your body doesn't make enough unless you get enough sunshine. So, get a little sun and you might feel a little happier.

#3.) IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART. Sunshine dilates the blood vessels in your skin, which helps circulation, lowers your blood pressure, and helps transport nutrients and oxygen to your cells.

#4.) IT CAN HELP YOU DETOX. Your liver filters waste from your body. And being out in the sun helps INCREASE liver function. Plus, since sunshine increases circulation, your body can more efficiently eliminate that waste.

#5.) IT CAN BE GOOD YOUR SKIN. If you get TOO MUCH sun, it increases your risk of skin cancer. But sunshine CAN help heal things like eczema, skin ulcers, fungal infections, and acne.

#6.) IT CAN KEEP YOU FROM GETTING SICK. Being out in the sun makes your body produce more red and white blood cells. And having more blood cells will give you a stronger immune system.

#7.) IT CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT. Sunshine boosts your metabolism, and it raises your body temperature so you burn more calories. It also keeps your blood sugar level steady, so you won't feel like eating as often.

#8.) IT CAN HELP YOU SLEEP. If you've ever taken a MELATONIN supplement, you know it can make you feel tired quickly. Sunshine helps your body produce melatonin naturally. (


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