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3 Ways to Use the Sun to Your Advantage

By Genevieve Cunningham

Stay out of the sun. Cover your skin. Wear sunscreen. Sound familiar? This kind of advice has been around for a while now. We’ve discovered and been advised that the sun is dangerous when consumed in large amounts. But what about in limited amounts? Should we avoid all sun exposure? Absolutely not! Take a look at these reasons to get a little sun for better health every day.

To Get Vitamin D

There are very few foods that have Vitamin D. For most of us, we get Vitamin D primarily through the sun. And Vitamin D is crucial for health and wellness. Without it, we might suffer from aches in the bones, depression, confusion, and a wealth of negative side effects. The next time someone tells you to get out of the sun, just tell them that you’re getting your daily dose of the necessary Vitamin D.

To Clear the Skin

While a lot of sun exposure can be bad for the skin and lead to things such as skin cancer, age spots, and premature wrinkles, a little bit of sun may actually clear your skin up. A little bit of sun exposure dries out excess oils on the skin. In some instances, this is bad. In those with excessive oil production, it might mean that pimples clear up and the skin looks more fresh than it has in years.

To Boost Your Mood

There’s a reason that the highest rates of depression in America are found in the upper northwest region of the country. This area is well known for clouds, rain, and limited sun exposure. The fact is that the sun is necessary for keeping your moods up and depression at bay. If you’re feeling a little bit blue, try spending a bit of time in the sun every day. This may be enough to get your mood moving in the right direction.

While we’ve long been told to stay out of the sun, there may be some good reasons to still soak in some rays. Don’t forget that protecting the skin with layers and sunscreen is still important. But getting some sunlight every day is also important. Protect your skin, but make sure that you feel the warmth and brightness of the sun in order to keep yourself as healthy as possible.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Albuquerque, N.M.

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