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Sunshine Is Still Important in Winter

By Tom Herrin

When the days are shorter, many of us turn our thoughts to staying indoors more.  The notion of hibernating often appeals to us.  In some of those cold days, it may indeed be the best, or easiest, option.  Building walls around us for protection from the cold is not all bad, but it also has its limits.  It also has its shortcomings as there are some things that are left out once we take this step.  Cutting ourselves off from the outside world can seem like a good thing for a while, but we may be robbing ourselves of some vital elements.  At least, opening the windows and letting the sunshine in may do more than light the room.

Boost Energy

Anytime we send more time in the sunshine, we are able to bath ourselves in some essential things.  The vitamin known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, is critical in providing us with the ability to get up and get going each day.  Supplements are not bad, but the real thing is really irreplaceable.  Simply opening the shades and letting the sunshine in may truly be an eye opening experience.  It is great for waking up and feeling full of energy.  

Build Immunity

The ability to fight disease is important, and it is something that everyone can stand more of.  Whether it is some local illness that is going rampant or some instance in which some invasive seems to have the potential of invading your space, this same Vitamin D that wakes us up can also help fight diseases.  It is believed to help protect against many cancers including those of the colon, breast, and prostate.  Something important to remember is that as little as 15 minutes per day of sunlight may be enough to fill this need.

Here's to a Longer Life

While there are some concerns about issues such as skin cancers from too much sun, taking in a moderate amount each day do wonders.  In one study, women who had the lowest amount of exposure to the sun over a 20-year period had much higher mortality rates than others.  It may seem small, but it is really important for each of us to be sure that we have an adequate amount of sunlight, especially in the months in which the days are shorter.  It may be a little like insurance.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntersville, N.C.

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