Here’s how the sun contributes to your mental health

Austin (KXAN) – Sun exposure can sometimes get a bad reputation, but it’s not always bad.

Nick Panin, a meteorologist at KXAN, spoke with Dr. Joan Sotilo, a psychiatrist from Baylor Scott and White, about why you get a little bit of sun every day. In the interview above, Dr. Sotelo explains how the sun benefits you, how much you need it and why it’s good for your mental health.

One thing you should know about the sun and your health:

Dr. Joan Sotilo: We need the good vitamin D that our bodies produce from the sun. One of the things we know is helpful: It helps us absorb calcium and phosphorous. We need this for our bones and immune system.

Learn more about the weather and your health:

The sun is great, but it’s too hot. Here are the warning signs to look out for if you’re concerned about heat stroke. Also, pets can get hurt from the heat as well. Here are some tips to protect your pet and a few other issues vets see besides the heat this summer.

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