Did you know that the average Westerner spends 90 percent of their time indoors?

That means we are also spending the majority of our time living and working under artificial light. This can have serious implications for our physical and mental health, however. We know that the sun is nature’s best source of Vitamin D, a critical nutrient our bodies need to strengthen our bones and energize our infection-fighting T cells.

But sunshine also contributes mightily to our mental health. Research indicates that even one hour of exposure to low-intensity blue light (that includes sunlight) can increase our reaction times better than two cups of coffee! Sunlight can elevate our mood and reduce stress because it helps the brain release the “feel-good” chemical serotonin. 

Your grandmother was right when she said, “Go outside and get some sun. You’ll feel better.” So be sure to make plans to join us in Mexico in February for our Soul Vibe retreat where you will have no problem getting your daily dose of Vitamin D! 

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