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PAIN ENDER: Time in the sun


Toxin buildup over the long winter triggers chronic lowgrade inflammati­on—and sore muscles and joints—for 67 percent of us. But spending 20 minutes a day outside (sans sunscreen) can rev detox and ease body aches in as little as a week. How? Cornell University scientists say UV light revs the production of serotonin and melatonin—hormones that not only boost mood and improve sleep but also speed the breakdown and release of pain-triggering inflammato­ry waste called cytokines.

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