There are many benefits to sunshine and light. You can boost health and lighten up your mood.
A range of studies report that the sun doesn’t just help plants to thrive. It helps humans too.
Sunshine and light are beneficial to both your health and mood.
In my longevity book “Life is Long,” I share research about the benefits of sunshine and light on your physical health.
And in my book “Happy Habits” I share the benefits of sunshine and light on your mood.
Here are the cliff notes from both books on why it’s a bright idea to lighten up your life.
Ultraviolet light frequencies have been proven to serve up nutrients for our biological, hormonal, and electrical systems.
Hence spending time around “light” has been documented to improve our health and help us to experience a general sense of well-being.
Some studies even report sunlight helps our brains to think more clearly – and brightly!
According to Robert Cain, MD, special sun lamps for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can improve:
Dr. Cain reminds that it’s important to first ask your doctor about using special indoor lighting if you’re on medication or have health issues. These factors might make you more sensitive to various kinds of light and sun lamps.
If you can’t get out in the sun enough, explore trying a Vitamin D supplement – which is called the sunshine vitamin.
Vitamin D is reported to help people “compensate” for the risks of not getting enough sunshine.
Make sure your Vitamin D3 includes K2 (like this one), which works like a traffic cop to ensure the right amounts of D3 go to the right places in your body. The only exception to not taking vitamin K with Vitamin D is if you’re on blood thinners. Vitamin K helps with blood coagulation so it might offset the blood thinning effects of medicines like Warfarin or Coumadin. Plus you should always check with your doctor before taking any supplements of any kind.