WE all love feeling the warm Andalucian sunshine on our backs, but new research has shown that catching a few rays can actually stop our children from feeling low.
A University of Bristol study found that youngsters with higher levels of vitamin D, created by the body when the sun shines on our skin, have a 10 per cent lower risk of suffering from depression.
What’s more, they have a lower chance of developing depressive symptoms in their teens.
Although vitamin D can be found in oily fish such as tuna, and is often added to milk and cereals, the main way of getting it is through the sun.
To get enough, you need around 20 minutes’ exposure on bare face, arms, back or legs – without sunscreen – twice a week.