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How the Sun Can Help You Live Longer

sun beachUsually, when you think of things that can make you live longer, you think of things that require a lot of time and effort. Things like exercise and strict dieting can add years onto your lifespan, but they also require a lot of effort. However, there are some things that you can do to increase your lifespan and make you healthier that do not require you to put any real effort in. One such example is staying out in the sun. The sun is one of our chief sources of vitamin D and yet, despite being very easy to get, around 75% of American teens and adults are vitamin D deficient. In this article, we are going to explain just how beneficial the sun can be for you. 2320

Reduced risk of cancer

Now, I know what you are saying, “exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause cancer, so how do those same UV rays protect you from cancer?” While it is 100% true that UV rays can cause skin cancer if proper precautions are not taken (such as using sunscreen), lack of exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer developing. People living in climates where sunlight is harder to come by are at a greater risk of developing various types of cancer, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer to name a few.


Reduced risk of heart disease

It turns out that the vitamin D that you get from sunlight can actually be helpful in preventing the onset of heart disease. One study looked at the possibilities of using vitamin D to both prevent and treat heart disease. It ultimately concluded by pointing out that there is evidence that vitamin D has some potential when it comes to preventing and treating heart disease. It will take more studies before this can be said with certainty, but when it comes to something as serious as heart disease, which ends many lives prematurely, you should take every chance to increase your protection.


Reduced blood pressure

A study looked at the effects of using vitamin D to help treat people suffering from high-blood pressure. People with high-blood pressure were exposed to UV rays for a period of 3 months, during which time their blood pressure normalized. Furthermore, their blood pressure stayed normal, even after the treatments stopped, which shows just how powerful the UV rays were; the same UV rays that you would get from sunlight. 2330

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should be out for hours and hours – this would increase your risk of skin cancer and signs of aging in your skin. If you’re fair-skinned, you’ll only need about 10 minutes of midday sun per day (though this will vary depending on where you live). 2331