#Smallchanges – Nature’s finest superfood – daylight

The sun is the original super food. Human beings are evolving biologically from of the sun’s energy. The whole of our physiology is designed to track the sun’s movement and the body adjusts to the suns timetable. This adjusting around the sun is called a feature of the body “circadian rhythms.”

Pilates OutsideWe have all been informed heard about the well-documented research on the profound therapeutic and protective effects of Vitamin D provided by sunlight. The long list of metabolic and mental diseases that it offsets include cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, bone health, immunity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and many more.

I know your thinking oh right how much sun do we get in Ireland but make the most of your lifestyle and soak up as much of this natural Super food as you can!

Lets be realistic sunlight is limited in Ireland but we have daylight! Daylight brightness often serves to encourage exercise, physical activity, travel and social interactions.

Daylight is a natural way to ward of stress through:

Improved Sleep

Soaking in daylight for at least 15 minutes at the same time every day, particularly in the morning hours, helps your body shut off a snooze-inducing chemical called melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that can make your body feel drowsy.

According to an article in “Health” by the U.S. News & World Report this will help your body develop a more stable night time and day time clock (circadian rhythm) so you’re less likely to have trouble sleeping when the sun goes down. The circadian rhythm 24 hour cycle that regulates physiological and behavioural processes in the body.

Make the following changes

  • Go to bed earlier and switch off all technical devices phones, laptops etc a half hour before bedtime to guarantee a good night’s sleep
  • Wrap up and eat your lunch outdoors or in a heated outdoor area and soak up a little daylight.
  • Stay in the sunlight or brightness especially on your lunch break if there is no natural light in your workspace
  • Train outdoors whenever it is dry outside. Thirty minutes outdoors in daylight is better then 30 minutes indoors on the treadmill.

Audrey x

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