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The link between cholesterol and sunshine is something that you should definitely test out.

Thanks to the folks at AsapSCIENCE, I had a lightbulb moment about cholesterol and sunshine. I get it now!

The link between cholesterol and sunshine is something that you should definitely test out.

Are you ready to feel even happier than you already did about bacon? Specifically, cholesterol?


As happy as Chandler? If not happier? Step into the light (literally) with me.

Let's go outside!

Everyone with feelings knows that going outside makes you feel better. And science agrees!

Scientists have looked at people's brains when they're in nature — you're just gonna feel better!



Manmade environments lit up the fear and stress parts of the brain, and natural environments lit up the parts of the brain that deal with stability, empathy, and love.

*pause for me to go outside right quick and do this*

...and we're back.

You've been outside, though. You know how nice it is.

In addition to making you feel better in your soul, sunshine is scientifically proven to make you feel better ... in your bones!

This is because your skin eats the sun.

This is the part where we talk about cholesterol. The cholesterol doesn't have to come from bacon, but it could.

And let's be real: It will.

Some of that cholesterol you eat goes into your skin for storage.

Weird! But here's the cool part.

The sun converts the cholesterol stored in your skin into a form of vitamin D. This helps your body absorb calcium.

Yep, your body is like a hypercolor T-shirt. Put it in the sun* and it becomes even better!


*In moderation, dude.

We spend so much money on things to make us feel better — around $60 BILLION on weight loss. 60 billion!

And the humble folks at Harvard are reporting that vitamin D deficiencies are shockingly common in the United States.

But ... hello!

Outside!

Let's spend some time out there.

The sun is free!


And *that's* something to be happy about.


Take the next three minutes learning more about the outdoors here ... or just go outside!

Bye! I'm going outside now.

SOURCE: iSTOCK

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