“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
I don’t know about you, but here in Northeast Ohio we don’t get very many sunny days in the winter time; our days are mostly gray, cold, and drab. I think the weather forecaster said we’ve had like 2 sunshiny days out of the last 50 days… or something like that. So when the sun comes out, it’s a real treat.
The sun can be a real mood booster. Not only in the winter time, but all year long. We all have a gland called the pineal gland, which makes melatonin. Melatonin is an extremely important natural chemical. It is keeps our inner clock balanced and helps with the day to day functioning of our body. Sunshine stimulates the pineal gland to make more melatonin. Sunshine also stimulates our bodies to produce serotonin which is why it is such a mood booster… serotonin is a hormone that we produce to alter our mood. Many people suffer to some degree with “SAD”, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Sunshine is a natural treatment for SAD.
Sunshine is also the number one provider of Vitamin D for our bodies! Just 15-20 minutes a day will provide you with all the Vitamin D you need for the day. Some people might need to be out longer, some shorter. Just get out there, take a walk, pull some weeds, or wash the car. Just spend a few minutes in the sun daily and get your share of Vitamin D. If you’re missing the sun in the winter time, you can get the Vitamin from foods such as whole milk and fish, but sunshine is a great way for your body to easily absorb Vitamin D.
Plus the word Sunshine is just a happy word, isn’t it? How can you not smile when you say it or think about it? More on Vitamin D & sunshine here.