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Make Sunshine a Part of Every Day

By Tom Herrin

Some things never really change even if our habits do.  One of those is the need for certain things that may help support our health.  Once we get into shorter days, many of us fall back into some old habits that we have formed and just never changed.  After all, many of us are creatures of habit, and we like consistency.  For some, that consistency is staying indoors and pulling all of the shades, or blinds, closed and sealing ourselves off from the rest of the world.  It may seem like the right thing to do, but we actually need to do the opposite if we want good health.  Opening the windows and letting the sunshine in is as important in winter as it is in spring.

The Sun Can Help Resist Disease

Vitamin D is a well known product of the sun.  It has a great reputation for supporting good health.  It can help strengthen bones and prevent inflammation.  It is also known for its ability to fight some cancers such as those of the breast, prostate, and colon among others.  The sun also seems to activate T cells which are known to identify and fight against many other diseases.  

The Sun May Support Longer Life

There are not a lot of things that actually lengthen life, but in studies, it appears the sunlight somehow is able to play a part.  In one study of women over a 20-year period, it found that those who got the least amount of sunlight had higher mortality rates.  While there may be some other factors, these results are pretty convincing and good reason to include more sun in your day.

Soak It up Daily

We may not want to go overboard and burn, but there are obviously some real benefits from getting more sunlight.  Many of us tend to fall into depression when we spend too many days without it.  For me, I have to make sure I have a little sunlight each day.  If I can't do it by opening the windows, I get outside and spend some time.  It never takes too much time, but a few minutes per day seem to pick me up.  The sun also can boost energy as well.  It is a great way of waking myself up on slow days.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Myers, Fla.

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