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The Sun Lifts You in Winter

By Tom Herrin

We often have some notions about just what we need to do to make us as healthy as possible.  Even with that said, we sometimes take a leave of absence form living as we know we should.  Instead of getting the sunshine we need, we may close ourselves off from everything.  This includes sunlight.  It becomes a retreat from the outside world and a way of regrouping.  As we may spend time reading and relaxing, we also deprive ourselves of some real benefits.

The Sun May Build Better Resistance

Developing some kind of immunity is one of the goals that most of us have, in one way or another.  When we can have some kind of immunity, we may not fear the risks of being exposed to things that are likely to make us ill.  The sun offers much in the way of supporting immunity.  The best known is probably Vitamin D.  It can help to build strong bones as well as keep away inflammation.  It is believed to help prevent some cancers such as those of the pancreas, lungs, colon, and a few more.  It also seems to trigger T cells to identify and fight against some diseases.  

The Sun May Help Your Mood

When there is less daylight as the days are shorter, a lot of us tend to find ourselves in a bit of a slump, emotionally.  Without much bright sunlight, it is pretty easy to get somewhat depressed.  It is a natural occurrence as many suffer when there is a lack of sun.  for those who have severe cases, it is referred to as SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.  The good thing is that it may be easily overcome by getting more sunlight.  Opening the windows, or going outdoors, for just a few minutes per day may be enough to offset the problem and give us a new outlook.  It appears to make us more productive.

Make Your Own Solution

It is a good thing that each of us can decide on how to best solve our own problem.  Since we know the issue is sunlight, we simply have to decide just how we will increase it.  For many, pulling back the shades can let in enough sunlight to make a difference.  If that is not possible, scheduling time to go outside for a few minutes each day can be adequate.  You may be surprised at the impact.

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

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