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More Sunlight, Longer Life

By Tom Herrin

When the days become shorter, many of us seem to resign ourselves to withdrawing and settling in until the days become longer again.  We may spend this time reading, watching television, or just generally turning into a big blob.  In other words, we may become much less productive and more inclined to do a whole lot of nothing.  For a while, it works well.  In time, however, we may see the shortcomings of it as we may begin to deteriorate into a state of almost total complacency.  While it is not all bad, we may soon realize it has its deficiencies.  Without sunlight, we may deprive ourselves of some critical things for our health.

The Sun Is the Source of Energy

While the sun is the place at which the energy from our foods originates, it can also have a significant effect on the human body.  When it strikes our eyes, it can stimulate the brain to increase the metabolism.  It is almost like a light switch as it can shut off the production of melatonin and energize the body.  Simply opening the windows and letting the sunlight in can wake us all up.  

The Sun May Help Lengthen Life

Apparently there is something about sunlight that helps us to live longer.  In one study of women, those who had the least amount of sunlight also had the highest mortality rates.  It doesn't mean we should cease to use sunscreen, but we should endeavor to include sunlight each and every day as part of our regular routine.  It may help us live longer as well as lift our spirits.

Make a Good Plan to Include Sunlight

It is important for us to remember that sunlight plays a big role in our health.  Making a plan to allow a good amount of natural light flowing through the windows can not only make us healthy, but it can also provide more light and save electricity.  The last time I built onto a house, I built a family room that had large windows on three sides.  It was wonderful as we had plenty of light at all times.  It made me feel much more upbeat as well as making a well lighted room.  If we don't have a way to allow more light through the windows, we can simply go outside for a few minutes each day.

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

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