Everybody knows that too much sun can be bad for you in many different ways.

The dire warnings about it are everywhere. Of course, that’s why you find so many brands and varieties of sun block on store shelves.

Unfortunately, many people believe that the sun’s rays are nothing but downside, and that’s simply not true!  While it’s important to take sensible precautions, you definitely shouldn’t avoid the sun altogether.  If you do, you’ll miss out on some important benefits.

Here are just a few:

  • Serotonin – Depression can actually be caused by a lack of sunlight, which causes your serotonin levels to drop, and which is why so many people suffer from seasonal depression. Those long winter months indoors keeps you out of the sun. The good news is that sunlight actually triggers the production of serotonin, so warding off depression could be as simple as getting outside and enjoying it for a little while each day.
  • Melatonin – The sun’s rays also trigger the production of melatonin in your body, which helps ensure a good night’s sleep every night. Given that a shocking percentage of adults don’t get enough sleep as it is, this presents a simple opportunity for you that’s incredibly easy to take advantage of.
  • Vitamin D – Most everyone has heard that milk “does a body good” because it contains Vitamin D. What fewer people realize, however, is that your body produces Vitamin D naturally, and that exposure to the sun’s rays triggers it.  That’s why it’s so important to make sure you get out and get a little sun, every chance you get.

All that to say, take sensible precautions, but don’t be so afraid of the sun that you miss out on the benefits!