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6 Surprising Ways Sun Affects our Bodies

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The sun—without it, living things on earth wouldn’t exist. The light and heat from the big ball of fire in the sky sets the stage for our planet’s livable conditions. However, while the sun is essential to our bodies, too much or too little of it can have some interesting effects.

We know (well, most of us) that the sun’s UV rays can be damaging to our skin and possibly lead to skin cancer, especially as the earth’s natural ozone layer is depleted. However, the suns rays can affect us in other—sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes strange—ways. Here are six of them…

1. More Sunlight Means a Lighter Mood

Health.com notes that sunlight releases serotonin, which is a brain chemical responsible for a good mood. In fact, antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are designed to keep those feel-good chemicals from being absorbed and therefore more available in your brain.

Winter months when the sun goes on vacation can often lead to mood disorders in people, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The good news is that you don’t need the sun’s UV rays to feel happier, just the light from the sun, according to Health.com. That means just sitting in a sunlit room can have benefits.

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