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Light Up Your Life

Light Up Your Life

Want to have more energy, feel more alert and be happier in general? Try this easy tip: soak up some sunshine.

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According to a study, nurses exposed to natural light had lower blood pressure, increased alertness, better interaction with colleagues, more laughter and better moods when dealing with patients, than nurses who weren’t as exposed to natural light. Another study found workers in windowless offices had more physical problems and worse sleep habits than their windowed colleagues. This study reinforces just how important it is to get your daily dose of sunshine – emphasizing the influence that full-spectrum light can on bettering mood and boosting health.

One benefit of sunlight exposure is that more sunlight means your body triggers more production of vitamin D3, which is an essential nutrient. Also, light acts as a nutrient for metabolic processes -- influencing your body clock, endocrine system, your pituitary and pineal glands. Unfortunately, it’s estimated 10% of you have no access to sunlight during your workday. Even worse? In winter 30% of you go into work before sunrise and head home after dark – getting no exposure to sunlight.

So how to make sure you’re getting enough light in your life?

Make sure to take outdoor break at least twice a day – even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Also, get your blood tested to see if you’re vitamin D3 deficient. A recent study found having low blood levels of vitamin D3 may double your risk of dementia! We suggest you take 2,000IU D3 daily until you get the results of the blood test; then adjust your dose as your doc recommends. Chances are more outdoor time plus vitamin D3 will boost your mood and your long-term health.

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