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Choose Sunlight for Better Health in Winter

By Tom Herrin

In our constant search for anything that can help us maintain better health, we sometimes overlook some of the simple things.  Too often, we settle in for the winter by closing up the windows and staying indoors.  Even though it may sound like something that is almost too simple, it is exactly that.  Sunlight has long been known for some of its beneficial properties.  Many have used it for helping to sanitize things by setting them out in the sun.  For years, most people hung their clothes on a line to dry.  It was often more effective than bleach.

The Sun Can Lift the Spirit

It is pretty common for people to become somewhat depressed in times in which there is little sunlight.  While it may be mild for some, others suffer more severely.  This problem is referred to as SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.  It is thought that as many as a half million individuals  may have this.  It is easily treated by providing for a little bit of sunshine each day.  I have realized that I am one of those who experiences this, at least moderately, and making sure to have sunlight coming through the windows can be a lot of help.

The Sun May Help You Have More Energy

Lots of people feel that they have little or no energy.  Especially for those who have trouble getting going in the morning, sunlight can be a great starter.  A simple test is to pull open the windows in a room that seems dark in a room that seems dark in the morning.  It can be like a shot in the arm.  It can be an almost instant lift.  Once this light strikes the eye, it can help the brain to kick into a higher gear.  A steady dose of this each morning may be enough to start any day off right.

Let the Sun Be a Regular in Our Live

We need all the sunlight we can get, or at least as much as is possible.  If we make a concentrated effort to take advantage of available sunlight, we will get a great boost for free.  Whether it is from light through our windows or from spending time outdoors, a few minutes per day will be adequate.  The best thing about it is the fact that it is free of charge.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brentwood, Calif.

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