Health and Wellness - Tip 25 - Get Some Sun
Posted by Kirsten on December 21
Photographed by Kirsten
- posted by Kirsten
- Happy Wednesday, readers! You can read our past Health and Wellness posts on the blog.
It's easy to bundle up and stay indoors at this time of year. If you are like me, the freezing air and ominous clouds are likely draw you to a movie on the couch rather than a hike in the great outdoors. While curling up on the couch is a fun thing to look forward to in the Winter, be sure to make an effort to get out in the sunshine at least once a day.
- The sun has been given a bad rap for causing wrinkles, burns, and cancer, but what you may not know is that it offers health benefits ranging from cancer prevention to lowering cholesterol to fighting depression. Take a look at this list of sunshine benefits that I found via onlineradiologytechniciansschools.com. I think you will be amazed at this long list:
1. Reduce the chance of MS
2. Reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
3. Prevent high blood pressure
4. Reduce cancer risk
5. Increase change of cancer survival
6. Help prevent bone disease
7. Prevent some muscle pain
8. Reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis
9. Prevent flu
10. Reduce severity of cataracts
11. Boost the immune system
12. Lower cholesterol
13. Lower resting pulse rate of the heart
14. Add resistance power to skin
15. Increase metabolism
16. Better liver function
17. Improve digestion
18. Enhanced kidney function
19. Stronger skeleton
20. More physical exercise
21. Reduce stress
22. Reduce anxiety
23. Fight depression
24. Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder
25. Better relationships
Not sure how to fit this into your busy schedule? How about eating your lunch outside, taking a brisk walk, reading a book on your patio, sitting outside on your coffee date, or taking your kids to the park? The possibilities are endless!
Due to the harmful effects of the sun, the key is to limit your exposure. 10-15 minutes a day is all you need to soak up the necessary Vitamin D and these great benefits. And of course, be sure to wear sunscreen if you are out for more than 10 minutes.
Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!
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