I just returned from an amazing week on the island of Guadeloupe.
It never ceases to amaze me how much better I feel after spending some time in the sunshine- especially after the long cold winter!
I’m sure you’ve had that experience too.
It’s not our imagination that we feel so much better in the sunshine and warm weather, we actually ARE healthier... Studies have shown that our immune systems function better when we spend time outside in the sun.
First, we tend to be more physically active, and that’s good for our immune system.
But also we get a ton of healing energy...
The Earth, and all of Nature, radiates tiny invisible atoms called ions that are negatively charged (aka. packed with energy). Our bodies need these ions for cellular repair and regeneration. In nature, we are surrounded by hundreds of thousands of negative ions - our cells can easily heal. Inside, however, we get just a few - and that makes our immune systems freak out.
UV rays from the sun are also essential for immune systems regulation! Like the Earth, the sun also radiates invisible ion atoms - only these are positively charged. While the sun’s rays can cause cell damage to the skin, our bodies really need it to make Vitamin D- essential for mood regulation, bone density, and (you guessed it!) immune system function.
It’s no wonder these long winters are hard on us, our immune systems are out of wack!
In fact, studies have found that the further north you live (less time outside) the higher your risk of developing an autoimmune disorder!
MS, the most common autoimmune disorder, is over 100 times more prevalent in the far north than at the equator! And this pattern is very similar to the distribution of other autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Should we all move to Guadeloupe?
Yes!!.... but until then, get your butt outside in the sunshine!
You’ll feel the difference in your body and your mood!
Also, stay tuned for more on ions- they’re cool AND they affect you more than you think!
I hope this is helpful!!
Leave a comment! I would love to know your thoughts!
Always with love- co. #corinneidzal