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Sunshine Is Not Optional in Winter

By Tom Herrin

Lots of things we do seem as if they are not so important but possibly a matter of choice.  Such is the case with things we do to pass the time.  That is another way of saying that we have nothing significant to do, so we are filling that particular time as we see fit.  It is good to have a variety of pursuits, but we must also remember to take care of things that involve our health.  Getting sunlight is something that we need all year long, but many of us tend to fall into some bad habits when the days are short.  We often shut ourselves up inside. 

The Sun Can Boost the Immune System

We all know about some of the sun's benefits.  It is the best source of Vitamin D.  This vitamin is critical for maintaining our health.  It is recognized for its ability to fight some cancers such as those of the pancreas, lungs, and colon.  It helps to strengthen bones as well as keep inflammation at bay.  I know from personal experience, lack of sufficient Vitamin D can cause some severe muscle pain.  The sun also helps to activate the T cells that are tasked with fighting disease in general.

The Sun May Help Us Live Longer

According to one study done on women, sun exposure may be a critical component in preserving our health.  In the study, those who had the least exposure over a 20-year period were less likely than those who had more to live longer.   Of course, normal precautions, such as using sunscreen have to be used, but there is something to be said for the benefits of the sun's rays.  A good thing is, it usually comes with fresh air, too.

It Is Cheap and Easy

For those of us looking for something inexpensive, there is nothing much less expensive than the sun.  It is right outside.  All we have to do is open our windows and let it shine in.  If that doesn't work for you, taking a short stroll outside can help you to soak up an adequate amount of rich sunlight.  The point is, don't ignore it simply because the days are short.  Each of us need to include it in our plan for achieving the best overall health possible.  We really have no excuses to neglect it.

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

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