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Sunlight Is Needed Even in Short Days

By Tom Herrin

In the spring and summer, most of us recognize our need for sunlight.  It makes us feel good and be more productive.  In the winter, we often tend to withdraw from society and stay indoors as much as possible.  Many keep the windows covered and avoid going outside.  This may seem like the right thing to do but is really quite the opposite of our needs.  Sunlight is a critical part of good health as we are designed to get it on a regular basis.  Those who don't do so may find themselves short of some things they need.

The Sun Can Play a Part in Immunity

An important vitamin supplied by the sun is Vitamin D.  It is helpful in building strong bones as well as helping to rid the body of inflammation.  In addition, it is believed to be helpful in fighting several kinds of cancers, particularly those of the pancreas, lungs, and colon along with several others.  Besides this important vitamin, the sun can help to activate T cells.  Their job is to identify and fight disease.  

The Sun Generates Energy

We rely on the sun to produce food energy for us from plants.  For us as individuals, we can benefit from sunlight when it enters our eyes.  It stimulates our brain to increase our metabolism.  It wakes us up in a couple of ways.  It can help to stop the production of melatonin as well as kick us into gear.  For a good practice, throw open the windows in the morning and see the results.  It can help to make us wide awake and ready to be active.

The Sun Should Be Part of Our Lives Each Day

A lot depends upon the sun.  not only does it energize us and help protect us, but it also serves to lift our mood.  Many people suffer from some depression when there is little or no sun.  Gray skies can drag us down.  Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a common issue that can cause some people to be depressed due to a lack of sunlight.  I suffer from it, at least moderately, and I can tell the difference when I am able to get enough sun to pick me up.  As a result, I make every effort to bring a little sunlight into my life every day.

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

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