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We may be going through one of the most challenging times of our lives right now but remarkably the weather has improved more than we could have wished for and for most of us in the UK it is bright and sunny this weekend.

The last few months have been the wettest on record, winter has felt very long and very damp, but the improved weather couldn’t have come at a better time and has given us something to be grateful for, not just because it is lovely to feel the sun on our backs but because of its many healing properties.

Vitamin D, the sunshine Vitamin, is naturally produced by the skin when exposed to sunlight so making sure you are getting a minimum of 15 minutes in the sun every day is essential. And after the wet winter we have had we are in need of it more than ever and here are 3 good reasons why,

Fights against disease

Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation and support muscles and bones (including the heart, which is a muscle too!) It protects again heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia and many other well know and debilitating diseases.

Increases immunity

Research has suggested Vitamin D may be able to protect against flu, which is as good a reason as any to get outdoors while the sun is shining. Boosting immunity is our first line of defense against the coronavirus

Improves Mood

Many people suffer with depression and whilst this can be because of many factors, self-isolation being one of them, it has been shown that in many cases Vitamin D can really help those suffering. After a long dark winter our stores of this important nutrient could be seriously depleted. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is believed in many cases to be caused by a Vitamin D deficiency.

Aids Sleep

During times of heightened anxiety, sleep can be one of the first things to be affected; it is believed that Vitamin D can also help improve quality and quantity of sleep.

As long as we are practicing caution, keeping our distance and washing our hands thoroughly on our return we can still get out and enjoy the sunshine even without a garden. It has so many amazing health benefits, always puts a smile on people’s faces and gives us a reason to be grateful in these trying times.

Enjoy the warmth.