Here comes the sun - why is sunshine so good for you?

The days are getting longer, the temperatures are (supposedly!) creeping up and summer is just around the corner!

We all know that too much sun can be harmful to your skin, but the right balance of sunshine can have an amazing healing effect on your body and mind. So how can sunshine help improve your health?

1. It can help alleviate depression

Exposure to sunlight causes your brain to release feel-good hormone serotonin, boosting mood and helping a person to feel calm and focused.

Decreased sun exposure has been associated with a drop in serotonin levels, which can lead to major depression with a seasonal pattern, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

Anxiety-related disorders and panic attacks have also been linked with changing seasons and reduced sunlight.

2. It helps to build strong bones

Exposure to the sun’s rays causes a person’s skin to create vitamin D, which plays a major role in bone health.

Low vitamin D levels have been linked to rickets in children and bone-wasting diseases like osteoporosis and osteomalacia.