More Sun in Winter Can Boost Health
By Tom Herrin
The winter months bring lots of changes for us all. Even if not the winter, simply the time in which the days are shorter can pose some challenges. Many choose to use it as a time to stay indoors and catch up on all of the things they haven't otherwise had the chance to do. It may be a whole lot of nothing, but many seem to feel they owe it to themselves. The reality is that we actually owe ourselves a lot more. Sunlight is something we may find ourselves short on but need it every bit as much at all times throughout the year.
The Sun Can Help Regulate Sleep
We rely on the sun much more than we may be aware. Years ago, most people lived their lives according to the available sunlight. When it came up, they got up and went to work. When it set, they began to settle down for the night. Sunlight was a help to stop production of melatonin in the morning and tell the brain it was time to be active. Pretty much the opposite was true at night. We can use it today for much of the same purposes. Getting an adequate amount of sunlight is important all year long and not only in the warm months.
The Sun May Build Immunity
Probably everyone is aware that the sun is the primary source of Vitamin D. This vitamin helps to build stronger bones as well as keep inflammation in check. It also helps in absorption of some other things that are vital to health. It is believed to help fight some cancers such as that of the colon, pancreas, and lungs along with several others. It appears to be able to stimulate the T cells that fight many other diseases. In other words, it can play a big part in our defenses.
It Won't Cost a Dime
For those wanting to save money and support health, sunlight is it. It is free. All we have to do is open a window so that the light can come in. If you are up for a little exercise, taking a short walk outside can accomplish the same purpose. Whatever you do, don't exclude sunlight just because of shorter days. It is one thing we just cannot do without.
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