Healthy Living

Mar 22, 2010 1:30 PM by Carina Corral

Healthy Living: Does the sunshine really brighten our days?


With spring just around the corner, sunshiny days are among us and along with the sunny weather, comes brighter moods.

" It is definitely a source of energy, the sun brightens my day," said Raymond Navarro who works in San Luis Obispo and was out enjoying the sunshine on his lunch break.

But is it all in our heads or does the sunshine really make us feel better?

" I think it's more psychological. I think when the sun is out people get more excited and know that spring is here," said Emily Christensen who was enjoying the sun at a local park with two children she baby sits.

" I think your state of mind is the most important thing. If you can wake up to a not so gloomy day, you yourself will not be so gloomy," said Navarro.

Don't let your psyche cast a shadow of a doubt, there actually is scientific evidence, the sunshine makes you feel better.

" Sunlight definitely has a beneficial effect on the body from a physiologic stand point as well," said Dr. Randall Silver, a family practice physician in San Luis Obispo.

He said the sun encourages more outdoor activity, promoting mental health, and it also helps the body produce Serotonin.

" Serotonin is a chemical mediator that helps the body's ability to calm itself and have a better mood," said Dr. Silver.

Just remember, everything in moderation, especially for you allergy sufferers.

" Sun and wind causes a lot of things to get stirred up, environmental allergens are always a problem and when you're outside more, your exposure is more," said Dr. Silver.

For you allergy sufferers, Dr. Silver is hosting a free lecture on Wednesday at the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Auditorium called How to Survive Allergy Season.

Reservations are recommended.

Call (800) 483-6387 or visit www.sierravistaregional.com to reserve your seat.

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