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Summer is finally here. We will be spending more time outside and getting a lot more sunshine! I am encouraging everyone to show off their new and improved bodies this year, and soak up some rays.

Showing some skin can benefit you in many ways. Did you know that getting sunshine actually increases endorphins? That means a noticeably better mood. Sunshine also decreases many skin diseases, relieves pain, and synchronizes your body’s natural biorhythms – keeping you awake during the day, and sleeping better at night.

Contrary to popular belief, research shows that getting moderate amounts of sunshine can actually protect us from melanoma. Since UVB radiation from the sun is the primary source of vitamin D for most people, two thirds of adults in the U.S. are vitamin D deficient. Obese individuals are the most likely to be deficient, as vitamin D gets stored in the fatty tissues and is not absorbed into the bloodstream. The lack of absorption of the vitamin causes the deficiency.

So, put on some shorts and show off those legs. Go for a sleeveless top and display those beautiful new arms. Put on a swimsuit and flaunt the new you. Do whatever outdoor activity you love, and reap the benefits from a little bit of sunshine!