Sunlight is actually good for your heart

In Singapore, as much as many of us like to hide indoors away from the sun, did you know that getting some sunshine can actually do you better than harm? However, before you step out, remember to apply a generous slab of sunscreen.

The sun increases Vitamin D in the body, which is essential for bone health and regulation of our immune system. Although this can be achieved through food sources like fatty fish, cheese and cereal, getting Vitamin D directly from the sun is an easier way.

Secondly, based on a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in 2013, with an increase in sun exposure, the measured rates of high blood pressure and heart disease fall. This is due to the release of nitric oxide which helps to lower blood pressure.

Vitamin D has also been shown to improve weight loss, in conjunction with a low-calorie diet. Hence, insufficient Vitamin D inhibits maximum weight loss and leads to obesity. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and bask in some sunlight for a healthier heart!