Depression is practically an epidemic. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t have a patient that complains of some form of depression. We have many tools in our chest for depression, but I want to focus in this article on one in particular.
Sunlight! Most of us work in an office. We go from our houses to cars and from our cars to work. We are told in the media that sunlight is dangerous. Sun is going to give us skin cancer. So we slather on the sunscreen (which is laden with toxic chemicals making the propensity for cancer worse) to protect ourselves and avoid the sun at all costs.
While it is definitely dangerous to “worship the sun”, so to speak, a daily dose of exposing your skin (as much as possible) without sunglasses for 15-20 minutes daily, is just what the doctor ordered. The benefits from this therapy offer benefits to our bodies, our enzyme systems, our mood, and also produces Vitamin D, which is essential for absorption of calcium into our bones, is priceless.
I recommend Light Therapy Boxes and/or Full Spectrum Lighting for:
- SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)
- Jet Lag
- Winter Depression
- Sleep Therapy and Sleep Disorders
Studies have shown that utilizing Full Spectrum Lighting or the actual sun is beneficial for:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Increasing efficiency of the heart (heart becomes stronger and pumps more blood)
- Improves EKG readings and blood work in patients with atherosclerosis
- Reduces cholesterol
- Assists in weight loss (this may be due to the fact that it stimulates the thyroid gland which increases metabolism and thereby burning calories
- Effective in treating psoriasis, asthma and tuberculosis – among many other diseases
- Increases level of sex hormones (extremely beneficial from an anti-aging standpoint)
- Stimulates the immune system – via the production of vitamin D
While getting actual sun is ideal – I still highly recommend having one full spectrum lighting in your home or office. There is a tremendous amount of additional information regarding this topic available on the web.