Spring Has Sprung

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

As of March 20th (this past Monday), spring is official here which means one of two things.

  1. We are all one step closer to summer time.
  2. Get ready for your body to go through some great natural good vibes!

To most people’s knowledge, dark and gloomy days bring depression and bright while sunny day bring boosted moods. Think about it, during the Winter we are more inclined to stay indoors and occupy our time with things like Netflix, reading a book or naps…ALL DAY LONG… because it is chilly out. Now don’t get me wrong, all of those things are great and can do the body some good but, they don’t benefit your health in any kind of way.

During Spring we tend to have the urge to want to spend every breathing and acceptable moment outside. If we stay in, it’s like we have wasted valuable time which may or maybe not be frowned upon. All of the things like eating a nice salad, going for a run, or even working on school work outside comes to mind. Sure we will still have the moments of wanting to watch Netflix because in reality, that will never go away.

Aside from all of the fun activities each individual gets to take part of, the sunshine that comes with spring actually has more health benefits than we would think. To our excitement, we get a great 2 in 1 deal that makes us more inclined to ask, is this for real?

As much as I would like to wish that I knew all of the knowledge on the health benefits that could come out of an increased exposure to sunlight, nature, etc., I can’t. With the help of an article written by Rachel Nall, I learned this:

  • Without enough sunlight exposure, each individual’s serotonin level can sink potentially putting you at a higher rick of seasonal affective disorder; a form of depression caused by the changing of seasons (SAD).
  • The Ultraviolent-B radiation from the sun causes a person’s skin to create vitamin D.
  • People who live in an area with fewer hours of daylight are MORE likely to have a number of cancers as opposed to those who live with more hours. The following cancers could be:
    • Colon cancer
    • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Prostate cancer

“All great things come in moderation” and this directly applies to the sun. As much as we may love soaking it in, there are limits we must keep in the back of our mind.

Grab your SPF and hit the beach, a nice book and hit your porch, or call up your friends, meet at the park and grab your frisbee for some fun. However you choose to enjoy it, remember it’s here to stay for the next 5 months.

 

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

Steve Martin

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