It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who’s been waiting for this sunshine and warmth! All living things need the sun to survive, and most humans also need sunshine to simply feel good. On a sunny day, we are much more likely to get outside in nature and enjoy all that Mother Nature offers us. There have been a few studies that show that mood improves when you get out in nature. This is very true for me. Spring awakens me from a winter’s sleep; I must have been a bear in another life!
Here’s a photo of me taking a selfie at sunset in Martha’s Vineyard. Ahhhhhhh.
The “Sunshine Vitamin” is important for healthy bones and our immune function. Vitamin D is produced in our body with mild sun exposure. Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, which means healthy bones and teeth, as well as improved immune function. Some smaller studies have demonstrated a protective effect against diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, and even flu prevention! Further research is being done, but you can see how, perhaps, getting your daily dose of sunshine can positively effect more than just your mood.
And a little can go a long way: just 10 minutes a day of midday sun exposure is plenty, especially if you’re fair-skinned like me.
Did you know that some foods contain vitamin D? I didn’t until I did this research. There aren’t many, but here are a few:
- egg yolk
It’s not easy getting enough vitamin D through sun exposure and foods, so supplementation is also suggested. Personally, I take 2000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. This is something I discussed with my doctor and I recommend asking yours about this supplement as well. Ask to be tested for vitamin D levels at you next visit.
Best of Health,