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How Sunlight Affects Your Mental Health

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  • Sunlight has a profound impact on your mental health. Out of 19 environmental factors, the only one correlating to higher levels of distress was the amount of time between sunrise and sunset
  • An estimated 20 percent of Americans are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) each winter. What differentiates SAD from regular depression is that full remission occurs in the spring and summer months
  • The complex stimulus of sunlight can affect your mood and mental health through a number of mechanisms, including affecting your vitamin D, serotonin, endorphins, nitric oxide levels and mitochondrial energy

By Dr. Mercola

Sunlight has a profound impact on your mental health — more so than any other weather phenomenon. That's the conclusion of a recent study looking at links between weather and depression.


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