Step into the Sunshine

If you’re like me, by this point in the summer (can you believe it’s August already!?), your skin has darkened. Even those of us who work indoors spend enough time outside gardening, biking, hiking, mowing the lawn, and walking from our cars to the office or grocery store to trigger some color.

Is that bad? As I’ve written before: No. Sunshine is a good thing. Wonderful, in fact. Can you imagine life without the sun? I get depressed just thinking about a lightless, colorless world. And that’s what I want to talk about today—the effect of sunshine on the way we perceive life on Planet Earth.

Dr. John McDougall, famous for his nutrition expertise, says “sunlight causes people to feel more active, energetic, balanced, strengthened, and less nervous. Many people can identify with the low-sunlight, winter depression symptoms of fatigue, lowered motivation, sleepiness, increased appetite, weight gain, irritability, and decreased sociability.  Nicely summarized, sunshine is health and happiness.”

Medical herbalist Michelle at Natural Health Restored.com agrees. “One of the major benefits of sunlight is that it will soothe your nerves and boost your mood leaving you with a renewed sense of well-being.” Sounds good, huh. Obviously, we all need a daily dose of sun.

So, what’s a healthy dosage? Dr. Frank Lipman, “a pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine,” writes on Yahoo! Green:

“Get 15-30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure two to four times a week. Each of us has different needs for unprotected sun exposure to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D. Depending on your age, what type of skin you have, where you live, and what time of the day and year it is, your need will vary. The farther you live from the equator, the more exposure to the sun you need in order to generate vitamin D.”

Enjoy summer while it lasts! Becky

http://www.natural-health-restored.com/benefits-of-sunlight.html

http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2005nl/may/050500pusunshine.htm

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/care2/17/you-need-sun-10-healthy-tips.html

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