Here’s how the sun contributes to your mental health

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sun exposure can sometimes get a bad rap, but it isn’t always bad.

KXAN Meteorologist Nick Bannin spoke with Dr. Joanne Sotelo, a Baylor Scott & White psychiatrist, about why you should get a little bit of sun each day. In the interview above, Dr. Sotelo explains how the sun benefits you, how much you need and why it’s good for your mental health.

One thing you need to know about the sun and your health:

Dr. Joanne Sotelo: We need the good vitamin D that our bodies produce from the sun. One of things we know it does: it helps us absorb calcium and phosphorous. We need that for our bones and our immune system.

Learn more about the weather and your health:

The sun is great, but it’s also hot. Here are the warning signs you should look out for if you’re worried about heat stroke. Also, pets can be hurt by the heat too. Here’s some tips for protecting your pet and some of the other issues that vets are seeing besides the heat this summer.

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