• 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.

  • benefits of sun

  • 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

    Whew!!

    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!

    Photo courtesy of organicsoul.com




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