5-30 minutes a day outside in the sunshine can do wonders for your health.
☀️ Artillery for Depression – Sunshine is known to boost your body’s level of the chemical serotonin, which can improve your mood and help you stay calm and focused. In fall and winter, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) mood changes can occur due to fewer hours of sunlight.
☀️ Get a Better Night’s Sleep – Exposing yourself to sunlight first thing in the morning, sends a signal to your body that daytime has started. It starts the clock to know when to start releasing the hormone melatonin, which is critical for sleep and nighttime healing. The more sunlight you are exposed to by day, the better the melatonin production at night.
☀️ Helps Reduce Stress – Crucial to us Second Half Sisters (stress + menopause = belly fat) melatonin also lowers stress reactivity. Being outside helps us naturally regulate melatonin, breathing fresh air and grounding us in nature with bare feet and hands.
☀️ Gives Us Strong Bones – Our bodies produce Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight and we NEED it! Vitamin D helps your body maintain calcium to prevent bone loss, brittle or thin bones, and strengthens teeth and muscles.
☀️ Strengthens Your Immune System – Vitamin D is also critical for your immune system which can help reduce the risk of illness, infections and some cancers.
You can find winter sunshine in a quality tanning bed and speak to your doctor or pharmacist about proper winter Vitamin D supplementation. Use the free app DMinder to track the potency of the sunshine in your area.