Sunny Side Up

Today’s topic is about beautiful sunlight! Sunlight is needed for all living things.
It is the main source of energy for plants to grow,  and it plays a vital role in our lives, providing an array of health benefits.
Now if thinking of the sun just brings sunburn or vitamin D to mind, let me tell you – the whole body benefits of UVB rays far surpass that of only vitamin D production.
While most american’s are vitamin D deficient, it is not the sole reason for including sunlight in your day.  As far as sunburn goes, understanding your skin type and sensitivity to the sun is important and should be taken into consideration.

There are many types of light, some of which we cannot even see. We can, however feel light, like infrared light, and more and more research is being done on the health benefits of using these lights to treat ailments and provide support to the bodies mitochondria. The mitochondria are tiny inclusions in your cells. Most cells have several thousand of them comprising 15 to 50 percent of the cell volume and they are the source of over 90 percent of your body’s energy! Pretty amazing right?!
In order for mitochondria to form energy they require oxygen from the air,  and fat and glucose from food. Your mitochondria transport the reduced form of the food you eat , combine it with oxygen from the air you breathe and ultimately forms water.
Some believe that light directed towards specific areas of the body, could affect the way water is processed within the cells making for better energy overall and stronger functions like immune health and anti-aging.

Dr. Mercola writes that exposure to UVB light is protective against melanoma, alleviates symptoms of MS, enhances mood and energy, and  supports melatonin regulation.

Being so worried that a little sun exposure will result in skin cancer is only building a fear that is actually dependent on other factors besides just the sun. Many doctors, bio-hackers, and scientists believe that a small dose of sunlight each day is important for overall heath.

How does sunshine benefit my health?

– Stimulates the body’s natural production of vitamin D
– Enhances mood and energy through the release of endorphins
– Protects against symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)
– Induces nitric oxide (great for blood flow)
– Helps to regulate Melatonin production
– Can be used to treat skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
– Reduces symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder
– Synchronize important bio-rhythms
– Regulates body temperature
 Converts cholesterol to cholesterol sulfate (more useful form)

This is a short list of the amazing benefits that a little sunlight can have on our body, and our mood!
There are  many studies ongoing about the use of light therapy in treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD), repairing damaged skin tissue, stimulating blood circulation and even healing issues in the brain. It is also becoming more well-known how the colors of light play a role in how our body responds. For example, the newer energy- efficient lights that are a common household light bulbs, or the lights in computer and electronic screens, are white and bright blue- these shades are difficult for the eyes to see and can cause disruption in the circadian rhythm especially when used at night. This can throw off one’s melatonin production and make it difficult to fall asleep.

Sunlight has a powerful effect on the way the body uses polyphenols.
Polyphenols are the amazing micro nutrients found in foods like berries, green tea, coffee, and cacao.
They play an important role as a prebiotic, increasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in your gut, which is important for health, weight management, and disease prevention. It’s also important to note that, even if you are supplementing vitamin D intake that without some sunlight the body doesn’t turn on the production and therefore has a harder time utilizing the vitamin D you ingest.

Today’s Effort – Sun Bathe

Take a little time to get out in the sun today. Expose as much skin as possible.
Spending 15 minutes in sunlight each day, preferably in the morning, is an excellent way to boost vitality! 
This will activate your body’s natural healing responses to UVB rays,.
Enjoy your morning coffee or tea while sunbathing and get extra benefits.

Remember, keep sun exposure short and sweet.  Build up your skin’s tolerance gradually and avoid being out in the hottest afternoon sun. Longer durations should be taken with caution and perhaps some light protection. I advise clothing as coverage rather than lots of sunscreen, unless it is of purest quality. Many sunscreen’s contain lots of chemicals that can have damaging effects on your skin – in some cases more than the sun would have! So, read ingredients! Get your sun early in the day and cover up for the afternoon. Embrace the glorious sun and feel empowered to use it’s energy as was created for our well-being.

Be proud of yourself.

In Joy,


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>Institute for Integrative Nutrition



The information shared in this article is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any form of illness or disease. The opinions are the author’s alone and are not to be used as a guide to follow for any health related conditions, but rather a sharing of perspective.
Today’s Effort, and it’s authors, take no responsibility for the choices of individuals and encourages you to work alongside a trusted physician and or doctor with any health related issues.


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