The Great D-Bate: Sunlight or Supplements?

The Great D-Bate: Sunlight or Supplements?

With many Americans taking measures to avoid skin cancer, more and more people are hiding indoors and getting less sunlight. Is that a good thing? What is the risk vs. reward benefit to passing up the outdoors for a prescribed vitamin D supplement? The easiest and most natural way to get vitamin D is through sunlight. You don’t need to exposure your skin to the point of tanning or burning in order to get an adequate amount either. In fact, before the time it takes to tan your skin, your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D. By exposing large areas of your skin like your back and front torso, you can make the most vitamin D possible in a short amount of time. Different organizations give different recommendations for safe sun exposure but most agree that in general the sun is a very packed source of nutrients. So the question is are, are you any safer taking a vitamin D supplement to bypass the risks? Well the answer isn’t super simple but the benefits of sunlight goes far beyond just Vitamin D. You should know all of the the before you consider an alternative. There are just so many miscellaneous benefits to sunlight aside from vitamin inheritance you can receive from being outdoors: The awakening boosts of hormone Serotonin Elevation in Oxytocin Direct immune suppression Alpha melanocyte-stimulating hormone Calcitonin gene-related peptide Neuropeptide substance Release of Endorphins Aside from evolving as free roaming hunter-gatherers, we also evolved with a natural alarm clock called the sun. It is our signal to wake up and prime our bodies for activity. Today,...
5 Ways to Manage Stress

5 Ways to Manage Stress

5 Ways To Manage Your Stress   1. Sleep deeper and longer. If you have trouble unwinding try taking magnesium citrate, a natural supplement that helps you relax. Magnesium is a mineral that is critical for energy production and metabolism, muscle contraction, nerve impulse transmission, and bone mineralization. Also foam rolling just before bed can trigger your parasympathetic nervous system allowing your tense muscles to relax just as a deep tissue massage would. Sleep with black out curtains to ensure no light is interrupting your production of melatonin at bedtime.   2. Eat anti-inflammatory foods. Foods like ginger, kale, cinnamon, garlic, olive oil, fish and turmeric can help your gut become healthy and heal any inflammation issues. By reducing the amount of inflammation in your gut these foods and herbs will lower cortisol levels, allow for better digestion and allow your immune system to focus on more important tasks. 3. Exercise regularly to build muscle mass and increase brain output of serotonin and dopamine, brain chemicals that reduce anxiety and depression. DHEA also accelerates the building of muscle mass and increases the feeling of being strong and energetic and is produced through exercise. Mostly importantly practice natural movement patterns (lunge, squat, deadlift, push, pull, run and rotate). Physical stressors such as poor posture can negatively impact your mood. Practice your mobility, lift heavy things safely and get to work!   3. Keep your blood sugar stable. Sugary foods spike your insulin production. Insulin spikes lead to blood sugar spirals crashing down causing weakness, intense cravings and low cognition. Eating carbohydrates early in the morning while your cortisol levels are...
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