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Healthy food, daily exercise, but what about light?

Daylight is an essential factor that positively impacts our overall well-being and plays a crucial role in maintaining good health. Just as good food and regular exercise are vital for a healthy lifestyle, exposure to natural light is also important in supporting you physiological and psychological, it positively influences your physical and mental well-being.

But when it comes to health why are we only focussed on food and exercise but forget about light?

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Good light regulates your circadian rhythm:

Daylight exposure is an important external cue that helps regulate your internal biological clock, also known as the circadian rhythm. This biological mechanism is an essential bodily function that regulates your sleep-wake cycles. Being in daylight during the day helps align our circadian rhythm with the regular time of the day, the day-night cycle. This helps improve your sleep quality and overall health.

Vitamin D:

To get sufficient vitamin D we need sunlight, this is a crucial nutrient that helps with calcium absorption and bone health this prevents various musculoskeletal disorders.

An improved mood:

Daylight exposure improves your mood and reduces symptoms of depression. When you are on holidays and outdoor all day, do you feel happier?

Maintain a good eye health:

Spending time in natural light is beneficial for maintaining eye health. So when you work a lot behind a screen, don’t forget to go outside or keep our 20-20-2 rule in mind. When have a lot of screen time, this can cause myopia especially with young children.

Outdoor daylight provides a more balanced and less intense light spectrum compared to artificial lighting, reducing the strain on our eyes and potentially lessen the risk of eye-related issues.

So, daylight is fundamental for a healthier and happier life, just as crucial as a balanced diet and regular exercise.



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