By Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle
Did you know that when the UV rays from the sun enter your eyes, they nourish and strengthen your pituitary and pineal glands? These glands are vital to the health of your whole body! Taking in 15-20 minutes of early morning sunlight without sunglasses helps you feel awake and energized for the day by regulating your melatonin levels.
Sunlight helps regulate appetite, sleep, memory, and mood by boosting serotonin levels. Vitamin D, nicknamed the “Sunshine Vitamin,” protects against colon, kidney, and breast cancer and can improve bone health and overall lifespan.
As always, moderation is key! The “right” amount of time to spend in the sun varies depending on your age, your skin complexion, and how strong the sun is where you live and during different parts of the day.
Step outside and feel the benefits of the sun nourish your body, mind, and soul. Enjoy!
Claire Diab is an internationally recognized Yoga therapist. She is the director of the Yoga Program for the Chopra Center founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including “Yoga For Firefighters.”
Dennis Boyle is a retired fire director and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department. He was the recipient of the 1999 New Jersey Deputy Fire Chiefs “Fire Officer of the Year” award.