Many people name summer as their favorite season. And it’s completely understandable; from the time we start school, we associate summer with time off, swimming pools, vacations, and pleasant weather. But summer has benefits beyond simply providing a stage for our yearly adventures—the summer season brings with it numerous health benefits, as well.
Anyone who has experienced a nasty summer sunburn may be tempted to swear off the outdoors from May to September. But sitting in the sun has its health benefits, so it’s worth slathering on the sunscreen and heading outside for some safe sun exposure.
First, exposure to sunlight is known to improve our mood. Being outside in the sun is associated with the production of serotonin, a hormone that improves mood and helps you feel calm and focused.
Sun exposure also has other health benefits. Safe sun exposure allows the skin to produce Vitamin D, which promotes bone health by aiding in the absorption of calcium. Research has suggested that sun exposure could also lower blood pressure and curb appetite. It may also reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and possibly some autoimmune diseases.
Because of the beautiful weather, mounds of delicious fruits and vegetables come into season in the summer. Enjoy crisp, juicy produce like tomatoes, berries, melon, greens, avocados, squash, cherries, peaches, peppers, cucumbers, and more. They’re all at peak freshness during the summer months, so you can load up your refrigerator with the best product for a lower price than at other times of the year.
The freshness and availability of produce during the summer make it easy to get the necessary nutrients in your diet. Juicy berries provide antioxidants in a low-sugar, bite-size package. Leafy greens provide Vitamins A and K as well as fiber. And watermelon, a true summer staple, is not just a sweet treat—it’s a fantastic hydrator. Watermelon is 92 percent water and contains natural sugars and minerals that replenish what we lose when we sweat. It’s like nature’s sports drink!
For those struggling with poor sleep or sleep disorders, the summer season may help. Summer daylight hours are longer, and the day-night cycle more closely mimics our sleep patterns than the dark winter months. That means the summer sun can help us get our circadian rhythm back on track. Early morning exposure to the sun helps us wake up with more energy. Sun exposure during the day, as well as a later sunset, help us ease into sleep at a more natural time than in the winter months.
Because of the gorgeous summer weather, we’re more likely to get outside and be active in the summer. There is a multitude of enjoyable physical activities to choose from this season, so it’s easy to get daily exercise. And you will probably have so much fun that it won’t even feel like a workout! Whether you choose swimming, hiking, volleyball, walking your pet, gardening, waterskiing, or one of the other hundreds of summer activities, you can have fun and stay active more easily during this season.
There are many reasons to love summer. Aside from enjoying the great weather, time off, and entertainment, it’s easy to be healthy and active during the season. It’s one of the many reasons summer makes us feel so good!
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