Cleanse your body, soothe your soul and boost your mood with these 3 FREEBIES--water, music and sunshine!
Staff from Mayo Clinic tell us the health benefits of water and answer the infamous question: How much water do you need? Click here for the full article.
How much water should you drink each day? It's a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. wrote the article, "Turn on the music and soothe your soul," and outlines the benefits of listening to music. Her article was published on Mayo Clinic's website. Click here for the full article.
Music has the ability to change moods, soothe nerves and energize your life. Much research has been done on the physical and emotional effects of music. Some of the benefits that have been noted in research include:
According to the article, "Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health" written by researcher, M. Nathaniel Mead, MSc and published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Click here for the full article.
The melatonin precursor, serotonin, is also affected by exposure to daylight. Normally produced during the day, serotonin is only converted to melatonin in darkness. Whereas high melatonin levels correspond to long nights and short days, high serotonin levels in the presence of melatonin reflect short nights and long days (i.e., longer UVR exposure). Moderately high serotonin levels result in more positive moods and a calm yet focused mental outlook. Indeed, SAD has been linked with low serotonin levels during the day as well as with a phase delay in nighttime melatonin production. It was recently found that mammalian skin can produce serotonin and transform it into melatonin, and that many types of skin cells express receptors for both serotonin and melatonin.