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There Should Be Sunshine All the Time

By Tom Herrin

Just because the days get shorter during this part of the year, that does not mean that people should shut themselves up away from the rest of the world.  It happens quite a bit, however, as we often wall ourselves off in a kind of hibernation.  Many feel that it is time to concentrate on watching movies or reading as they catch up on all of the things they feel they missed when they were outdoors doing everything else on warm days.  Much of this is surely psychological because we actually need sunlight all year long.  Now is a good time to decide to do something to get more of it and see the benefits.

The Sun Can Lift Our Spirits

If you have noticed being a little down when the days are shorter, you are not alone.  When we have little natural light, we can suffer from some depression.  In more severe cases, it is called SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.  For some, it can be a serious issue.  The good news is that it is easily treatable by getting more natural light.  Letting sunlight in through our windows, or going outside for a few minutes each day can pick us up and make us more productive.  We just need to remember that shorter days still need sunshine.

The Sun Can Help Boost the Immune System

We have to rely on something besides our wits to keep our immune system working.  The sun can do a lot of that work in a couple of ways.  For one, it provides a good deal of Vitamin D which can help to strengthen bones and fight inflammation.  It can also be potent against several kinds of cancers including those of the lungs, pancreas, and colon.  The sun also plays a role in activating T cells that help to identify and combat other kinds of diseases.

We Can Make a Difference

Taking in sunlight is not all that difficult.  We simply have to make a plan to let it in.  Opening the windows each day, even in winter, can allow enough sunlight in to have an impact.  If we can't get sufficient amounts that way, we can go outdoors for a few minutes.  It is the simplest of formulas and has no cost, so trying it is absolutely free.  Nobody can complain about that.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Valley City, Utah.

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