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March 19, 2021
When the sun rises you rise. That's what our bodies were made to do, and hence the benefits of doing so stack up really quickly.
We're inherently born with a circadian rhythm, a.k.a our internal body clock. This tells us when to get sleepy and when to get energetic based off external factors - and one of the biggest factors is the light in our environment.
When it's dark outside, our eyes send signals to our brain to release melatonin which makes our body tired and puts us to sleep.
When it's light outside, our eyes send signals to the brain to release cortisol to wake us up. Once we wake up, more hormones and neurotransmitters are set off, all working to make us feel happy, energised and motivated.
The closer you line your schedule with the natural transition of light throughout the day, the healthier and more efficient you will be.
Light is made of wavelengths ranging from blue to red, and invisible wavelengths such as infrared light and ultraviolet light.
Vitamin D that we all associate with the be able to get from the sun, is made by UVB rays. However, the morning sun is so saturated by infrared and blue light waves that there's no UV rays first thing in the morning! No UVA'S OR UVB'S.
The infrared light at sunrise actually preps your body and skin to protect us from the UVA and UVB rays that appear later in the day! Infrared light and cellular is vital to creating energy for and charging your body.
42% of morning sunlight is infrared;
increase bone healing
(red light therapy mimics the process of the sun!)
The difference between natural blue light and the damaging blue light from technology is that nature's is always balanced by regenerative red light and other wavelengths.
Blue light further saturates the morning sunlight is what wakes you up. When the blue light hits your pituitary gland, your body raises your cortisol levels waking you up, and setting your circadian rhythm for the rest of the day.
Melatonin is also produced by morning light, but released at night once the blue light has disappeared from the sunlight, putting you to sleep.
Your ideal sun intake is;
See and be in the sunrise,
Approx. an hour later you can soak in some UVA's - makes Nitric Oxide (we realise while we're exercising) and increases energy, memory and is anti-aging. UVA further triggers production of dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.
A little later soak in some UVB'S to get your vitamin D - Appearing at about midday.
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