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Living in the Dark May Rob Health

By Tom Herrin

There are times in which all of us feel that we should close up the windows and lock out the rest of the world.  It isn't all bad to take a break from it, but there is something out there we need pretty bad at all times of the year.  That is sunlight.  It isn't just something we need in spring and summer but all year long.  Too many times, however, some people tend to shut it out when the days are shorter.  They seem to see this as a time in which to do all of the indoor things that they have put off for most of the year.  Including sunlight needs to be a priority for us all.

The Sun May Help Against Depression

Are you one of those who may find yourself a little down once the sun is not out as much?  Do cloudy days do a number on you?  If some of this seems to apply to you, it is not just your imagination.  Lots of people share these issues.  As a matter of fact, it has been estimated that as many as a half million people in this country have this problem.  The best cure for it is to get more sunlight.  

The Sun May Help Us Live Longer

Living a life governed by the sun is actually not so bad.  People did it for many years.  In one study of women, those who got the most sunlight over a 20-year period seemed to live considerably longer than those who got the least.  That is not to recommend they go without any sunscreen, but there is obviously something significant to be gained by getting an adequate amount of sunlight.

A Little Planning Can Do the Trick

If we want to increase our sunlight, it isn't that difficult.  A good start is to open up some windows.  Either pulling back the drapes or opening the blinds can allow enough sunlight to meet our needs.  If you are the type who enjoys a little exercise, a short walk around the yard for a few minutes per day may do it as well.  The fact that sunlight is free is not all bad either.  How many other things can you do for your health that have no cost at all?  If there are, it is a pretty short list.

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

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