Have you ever noticed how you feel happier when you have a chance to sit or walk in the warm sun? Doesn’t just going outside on a sunny day calm your nerves and lift your spirits? By contrast, consider what happens and how you feel during the cold and dreary winter months. Many of us experience darker moods. We are more likely to become sick with colds and flu. We often gain weight and crave carbohydrates.
Your body needs sunlight just like it needs nutrients.
In many ways, your physiology is as closely linked to the sun as that of plants. Plants use sunlight to photosynthesize chlorophyll. By a comparable process your body uses sunlight to photosynthesize vitamin D, a molecule that is vitally essential to almost every aspect of your biochemistry and physiology. Three to five days per week, you should aim for at least 15 to 20 minutes in the sunlight (with as much of your skin exposed as possible).
So in order to maintain your health this only leaves you with two suitable options.
- Take a vacation to a sunny paradise island in the Gulf of Thailand
- Talk to your family Doctor about the amount of Vitamin D supplement you should take orally, after having your Vitamin D levels checked.
We all think that the first option is the better of the 2. But if this proves to be a challenge, take 15 minutes a day to spend in the sunlight you do have in your own country, and dream about us sitting on the beaches of Koh Samui!