Getting Your Daily Dose

 Sunshine is SO important for your health. Even though direct sunlight has been vilified in recent years, there are a number of benefits to getting your daily dose of sunshine.  30 minutes to 1 hour of direct sunshine on your skin has been linked to increased bone health and decreased risk for many diseases. This is because sunshine stimulates production of Vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin, and is necessary for proper calcium absorption. A vitamin D deficiency can ultimately lead to a calcium deficiency. Direct sunshine is the most beneficial way to get your vitamin D because it produces the most bioavailable form of this nutrient in your body.  Another benefit to getting daily sunshine is better sleep due to a more balanced circadian rhythm. Your biological clock is wired to be in sync with natural sunlight. Getting enough sunlight in your day will help your body produce the necessary melatonin for a peaceful night's sleep later in the day.  A third benefit to getting your daily dose is lower blood pressure. Direct sunlight stimulates the production of nitric oxide in your body, leading to a more balanced and regulated blood pressure.    

Sunshine is SO important for your health. Even though direct sunlight has been vilified in recent years, there are a number of benefits to getting your daily dose of sunshine.

30 minutes to 1 hour of direct sunshine on your skin has been linked to increased bone health and decreased risk for many diseases. This is because sunshine stimulates production of Vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin, and is necessary for proper calcium absorption. A vitamin D deficiency can ultimately lead to a calcium deficiency. Direct sunshine is the most beneficial way to get your vitamin D because it produces the most bioavailable form of this nutrient in your body.

Another benefit to getting daily sunshine is better sleep due to a more balanced circadian rhythm. Your biological clock is wired to be in sync with natural sunlight. Getting enough sunlight in your day will help your body produce the necessary melatonin for a peaceful night's sleep later in the day.

A third benefit to getting your daily dose is lower blood pressure. Direct sunlight stimulates the production of nitric oxide in your body, leading to a more balanced and regulated blood pressure. 

 

 And, let's face it, sunshine just makes us happier!!  However, there can be too much of a good thing. Here are some things to remember when you're getting your daily dose:  1) be mindful of the temperature- don't be outside in triple digits, especially when doing heavy      physical activity. Try to time your outdoor time either before or after the extreme heat of the day in mid-summer.  2) use non-toxic sunscreen- if you are going to be outside longer than 30 minutes, consider using a safe sunscreen. Your skin is your largest organ and everything you put on it gets absorbed into your blood stream. Make sure you use a sun screen with simple and recognizable ingredients. We love using coconut oil! Not only will this benefit your health, but sunscreen often comes off in the water and you can take a small step towards going green and saving the wildlife in the lakes and oceans by using non-toxic sunscreen.  3) stay hydrated. Sun = Sweat. Make sure you are staying hydrated with not only water, but also electrolytes. If you are outside for extended periods of time, consider hydrating with something like coconut water to replenish both your fluids and your electrolytes.   4) be mindful of your pets. Dogs love being outside in the summer but make sure you are smart about their activity levels in extreme heat. Dogs need electrolytes too. Consider giving your dog some chicken stock after some time in the sun to make sure their electrolytes get a boost too!    

And, let's face it, sunshine just makes us happier!!

However, there can be too much of a good thing. Here are some things to remember when you're getting your daily dose:

1) be mindful of the temperature- don't be outside in triple digits, especially when doing heavy      physical activity. Try to time your outdoor time either before or after the extreme heat of the day in mid-summer.

2) use non-toxic sunscreen- if you are going to be outside longer than 30 minutes, consider using a safe sunscreen. Your skin is your largest organ and everything you put on it gets absorbed into your blood stream. Make sure you use a sun screen with simple and recognizable ingredients. We love using coconut oil! Not only will this benefit your health, but sunscreen often comes off in the water and you can take a small step towards going green and saving the wildlife in the lakes and oceans by using non-toxic sunscreen.

3) stay hydrated. Sun = Sweat. Make sure you are staying hydrated with not only water, but also electrolytes. If you are outside for extended periods of time, consider hydrating with something like coconut water to replenish both your fluids and your electrolytes. 

4) be mindful of your pets. Dogs love being outside in the summer but make sure you are smart about their activity levels in extreme heat. Dogs need electrolytes too. Consider giving your dog some chicken stock after some time in the sun to make sure their electrolytes get a boost too! 

 

    So be smart, but enjoy the sun this summer. Your health will thank you! 

 

So be smart, but enjoy the sun this summer. Your health will thank you! 

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