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A Daily Dose of Sunlight is Good For You!

Sunlight sometimes gets a bad reputation due to the fear of getting skin cancer and premature aging, which can be true. However, with a combination of healthy diet and exercise, a great deal of exposure to sunlight (preferably morning) can be highly beneficial to our body with its fantastic source of Vitamin D. This article will cover the positive effects of sunlight that you may not have heard before!

Mood Enhancer

Sunlight helps produce serotonin which is a chemical in our body that regulates mood and social behavior. In the morning, you can walk along the pathway or have your cup of coffee on your corridor before you get to work. This may come handy to boost your mood throughout the day.

Abundant in Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the most common vitamin ever to be associated with sunlight, and it’s a fact. A regular collection of Vitamin D protects our body from diseases such as breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, seasonal disorders, depression, and inflammation and it also promotes bone grown. Vitamin D is produced when the UV rays from the sunlight enter our skin thus creating a reaction resulting in the production of Vitamin D.

Immunity Booster

Bathing in good sunlight can protect you from a strain of flu and cold by invigorating your immune system’s T cells, and Vitamin D. Solar energy is not just for machines as they can also help combat infections and diseases.

Weight Control

A low serotonin count can affect your mood and most of the time when we feel sad; we tend to channel our emotions through eating. Sunlight helps improve our mood; therefore, the happier you are, the more in control you are with your body!

Author:

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, CNS, CCN is a licensed chiropractor, certified clinical nutritionist, and owner of Lime and Lotus, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina.  She utilizes saliva testing, herbs, and whole food supplements to correct female hormones imbalances in her patients.  Download her free guide: Dr. Stephanie’s Naughty List – The Top Five Foods that Wreck Your Hormone Health here

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Energizing Tips For A Healthy Spring

After being exposed for months to the chills of the winter season, springing back into action can be challenging especially when your muscles and bones start to feel like they have not moved in ages! The secret is to take it slowly because overworking your body can weaken you further or may even cause possible injuries. In order to keep our body healthy for this season, journey with us as we introduce to you a series of techniques that are quick, easy, and effective!

Stretching is the key!

To jumpstart your body before starting your day’s activity, stretching can help increase your range of motion, flexibility, and blood flow. Start with the largest group of muscles which are the quadriceps and hamstrings. Both of these muscles are located in your thigh area which is why they need to be conditioned from inner, outer, back, and front. If these areas get stuck before even getting started, then you might have trouble moving your back.

After working on the thigh area, proceed with your back, arms, neck, and down to the calf and ankle.

Get enough sleep

Springtime can be longer compared to the other season, and aside from this, the change in temperature can affect your sleeping patterns as well as your health.

After getting back home from work, instead of checking on your social media or watching t.v, try reading a book or doing yoga. These types of activities release any forms of stress which help relax your mind and promote drowsiness. 

Food can also trigger insomnia especially those who have caffeine. Since you are still trying to get your body to sleep, cut-off the caffeine for now until you reach the sleeping time you deserve.

Don’t be too “Idle”

Wherever you are, at home or work, move away from your desk and start doing something active! Stretch your back, neck, and arms to avoid those nasty aches. There are loads of exercise you can do on your desk, and they can easily be found on the internet, an easy distraction instead of checking your social media right?

When you are at home, you can do laundry, re-arrange your living room, or clean up your closet, or take your pet for a walk.

This season has so much to look forward to, and as flora and fauna starts to bloom, we want you to blossom in the best way you can!

Author:

Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, DC, MS, CNS, CCN is a licensed chiropractor, certified clinical nutritionist, and owner of Lime and Lotus, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina.  She utilizes saliva testing, herbs, and whole food supplements to correct female hormones imbalances in her patients.  Download her free guide: Dr. Stephanie’s Naughty List – The Top Five Foods that Wreck Your Hormone Health here