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Health Benefits of Sunshine

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger
While winter can have us feeling down, adding Vitamin D to your diet can give you more energy.

While winter can have us feeling down, adding Vitamin D to your diet can give you more energy.

 

Here at Bel-Regional Home Medical, we’re longing for Spring! On February 2nd, world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil made his traditional forecast, telling us that we’ll have six more weeks of winter. This might not be the news most of us wanted to hear, but it does remind us that sunshine, and the Vitamin D that it provides, can be in short supply this time of year! In fact, research shows that almost 90% of us aren’t getting enough of this essential vitamin. Let’s take a moment to review some of the health benefits of sunshine and the reasons why you should make it a point to get outside, even in the winter months.

Decrease risks for certain diseases: Regular exposure to sunshine can help regulate your circadian rhythm, which can help you sleep better, but also can decrease in symptoms of some diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that Multiple Sclerosis is more common in people who live farther away from equator, and that early sunlight exposure in life can influence the risk of developing MS.

Improve your bone health: Recent research has shown a correlation between bone density and blood levels of vitamin D3, and a higher rate of bone fractures in cases where lower levels of the vitamin are present.

Lift your mood and increase your creativity: Studies suggest that spending time outdoors can improve your mood and increase your creativity. Sunshine increases our levels of serotonin, a chemical in our bodies that helps to regulate and lift our mood. That lift leads to not only better moods, but also to increased feelings of creativity and alertness throughout the day.

No matter how long winter lasts, the experts at Bel-Regional Home Medical are here for you! View our online catalog for any home medical equipment needs that you may have, or give us a call at 800-453-7801.

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