Reduces chance of heart attacks- Higher levels of Vitamin D – which is synthesised by sunlight – are also thought to play a protective part in those who suffer heart attacks. It’s also good news for those with high cholesterol. Ultraviolet light converts cholesterol to Vitamin D. Therefore, getting out in the sun is a good way to lower cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Increases our water consumption- Water is vital to thousands of chemical processes that take place in the body’s cells to enable it to function. These include promoting digestion, regulating body temperature, improving the health and vitality of our skin and flushing toxins from the body.

Helps migraine sufferers- Clear, sunny and dry weather reduces attacks of migraine. However, if the weather turns muggy, watch out because the symptoms may return.

Increases agility- The summer is an excellent time to begin an exercise programme. Not only do summer clothes provide an incentive to get the body in shape, but the feel-good factor created by sunlight boosts our enthusiasm to begin a fitness regime. It improves the vital flow of oxygen to the brain, lowering stress levels and improving powers of concentration.

Relieves skin complaints- Controlled exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can have a therapeutic effect on skin complaints such as acne, psoriasis and dermatitis. Many skin disorders are caused by an over-sensitive immune system. UV rays reduce that sensitivity.

People eat more fruit- Rising temperatures and increased availability of summer fruits make it easier to fulfil the recommended quota of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.