By Amanda Morgan
One of the greatest advantages of summer is longer days and increased amount of sunlight. Often people are concerned about the sun’s ray and the danger they can cause. However, sunshine can be very beneficial to the body if a person is exposed in moderation and takes adequate precautions such as sunscreen. Doctors suggest that between five and fifteen minutes of sunlight a day can aid a person’s mental and physical health. Read this article to learn eleven sunshine benefits.
1) Lower Cholesterol
High cholesterol is a serious problem facing the nation. Over 71 million adults in the United States of America have high cholesterol and ultimately have a higher risk of heart disease or a stroke. These two conditions are caused by a hardening of the arteries from an excess amount of cholesterol in the body. Normal cholesterol levels can be maintained through healthy eating, exercise, and sunlight. A study titled “Sunlight, Cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease” by Grimes found that people who participate in outdoor activities during the summer are less susceptible to chronic diseases such as heart disease. It is believed that the vitamin D produced from sun exposure helps to battle high levels of cholesterol. While sunlight alone may not cure high cholesterol, it will aid in treating it.
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