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Let a Little More Light in for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

For those who feel that shorter days are a good time to close the blinds and pull the covers over their heads, they may want to give it a little more thought.  Too many times, we tend to sort of hide out when the nights are longer.  Feeling that it provides some kind of security is something that we get in our heads.  There is no reason to wait until we get those longer days to begin taking in the sunshine.  Most of us know the feeling we get when we get a blast of the sun.  we often become recharged and eager to get out and do things that are more active.  

The Sun Really Can Help Us Shift Gears

There are some very real conditions that many individuals have as a result of too little sunlight.  It is called SAD or seasonal affective disorder.  It is more common than you may think, especially among those who live in places where the light is short for long periods of time.  I know that I am one of those who suffers from this.  Too many gray days can do me in.  I find that I become unproductive and have little motivation.  When I see more blue skies, or simply let the sunshine in for a few minutes per day, I get more done.  It seems that when light hits the eye, it triggers something in the brain and ramps up the metabolism.

The Sun May Boost Immunity

When we get an adequate amount of sunlight, we may have greater ability to fight some diseases.  The Vitamin D in sunlight plays a big part in building stronger bones and fighting inflammation.  It also helps to prevent several cancers such as colon, lung, pancreatic, and several others.  Aside from that, sunlight helps to activate T cells that are also important in combating diseases.

It Is Cheap and Effective

Anytime we look for something to have a positive impact on our health, we often look at costs.  By getting more sunlight, there is no cost involved.  We can either open the windows or go outdoors.  As little as 15 minutes per day of exposure may be enough to support health.  Why not make a commitment to do that?  It is something that any of us can do.

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

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