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June 29, 2022 • Healthy Living

Morning Sunlight for Better Health

girl in front of morning sunlight

What if I told you there was a two-minute activity that required minimal to negligible effort, that was largely accessible, had zero side effects, and could do all of the following:

  • improve your sleep
  • improve your mood
  • boost your brain power
  • enhance your immune function
  • improve your metabolism, and
  • your overall wellbeing

You would likely say, “Dr. Ann, that sounds too good to be true!” Well, I only speak in truths, and that is exactly what you can get if you expose your eyes, your eyeballs, to natural, morning daylight by getting outside within the first hour or two upon waking.

Your Circadian Clock

The simple, but powerful mechanism behind this relates to the body’s master clock, known as the Circadian Clock, located in a region of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This all-powerful clock is integral to the health and function of our physiology and biochemistry.

In fact, 80% of the genes in the body and virtually every organ in the body is run on a specific 24-hour repeating cycle at the direction of this central clock. Essentially, it maintains the timing of our cells most important life processes to keep our bodies operating effectively and efficiently. This vital, 24-hour circadian rhythm undergirds everything!

In other words, if you want to be healthy and happy and have a brain and metabolism that operate at the top of their game and lower your risk of most every chronic disease from cancer to diabetes, you must maintain a strong and consistent circadian, 24-hour rhythm!

Nothing Does It Like Natural Sunlight

While there are a host of things you can do to strengthen and anchor this all-important daily rhythm clock, nothing tops morning eyeball exposure to natural outside light, i.e. light from the sun to maintain optimal, correct timing for this master clock.

I recently heard a well-known Stanford neuroscientist say that he considers this 2-minute daily activity truly essential for good health; meaning, non-negotiable.

So come hell or high water, be sure you get your eyeballs in outside morning light for at least 2-minutes before 10:00 am (without sunglasses). 5-minutes or longer is even better, but 2-minutes will suffice.

Without it, you and your body will suffer. I know all of you can accomplish this two minute habit…so just do it!

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