Your Health and Happiness on Nature: How To Biohack Your Health Through Sun Gazing (Part 1)
A little less than 100 years ago over half of Canadians were farmers. My, what a different life most of us lived less than a century ago. It meant that we were outside a lot more than we are today. Office jobs looked and behaved very differently and even when the job was done for the day, the lure of household technologies (such as laptops, cell phones, and tablets) didn’t exist. So likely, after work, we went outside.
Our modern world looks very, very different.
We get up early, but don’t go outside. We go from our homes to our cars. We slap on our sunglasses and drive to work where we go back inside and are exposed to artificial light and blue light from our screens. We come home and hop back on another device in order to catch up with our lives on social media and communicate with friends and family.
When we do get outside, most of us put on our sunglasses and slather our skin with suntan lotion. So, what’s the problem with this?
Almost every living thing on this planet has what is known as a circadian rhythm. Human beings have it, all animals have it and every plant has it. Our circadian rhythms drive our sleep-wake cycles, effectively allowing us to go to sleep and stay asleep at night and wake up with energy in the morning.
These crucial rhythms also affect our hormones, metabolism and our mitochondria (the battery pack of every cell in our body).
So what does sun gazing have to do with all of this? Everything!
Our bodies and brains still expect certain practices from which our modern world has strayed. Our physiology still expects us to be outside within 30 minutes of waking up in the morning, getting exposure to sunlight.
Why? Because it sets the biological clock of our bodies. This is crucial because not only does it determine how much energy we will have throughout the day, but it determines how we’ll sleep that night.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It goes on to determine how much weight we’ll gain; how our blood sugar behaves; how our hormones will work (think, thyroid for people with hypo or hyperthyroidism…think, fertility…think, erectile dysfunction…think, mood changes…think, belly fat…think, just about everything).
Sun gazing and its primordial relationship with our circadian rhythms also directly affects our pineal gland. For the more biologically-driven, this means melatonin. Melatonin not only allows us to sleep at night but it is a precursor to seratonin, the happy hormone.
For the more spiritually-driven, our pineal gland is also referred to as our Third Eye. Want to experience extra-sensory perception? You need a highly functioning pineal gland to do this.
But perhaps most importantly, early morning sun exposure, or sun gazing, goes to work on the very engine of our biology; the mitochondria of our cells. When mitochondrial function is optimal, our cells can then supply us with adequate energy, protect us against most disease and help us to live longer.
These suckers are pretty important.
Here is a great bio-hack for increasing your energy, losing weight, regulating your hormones, increasing your fertility, decreasing any disease process and making you happy…I could go on, but I’m out of breath…
Within 30 minutes of waking up, go outside and stare at the sun for between 1 – 3 minutes. This can’t be done behind glass or sunglasses. Both block UVB rays and we require the full spectrum in order for this to work. And to really bump up this exercise, go outside in bare feet to get the grounding effects of earthing, and do your sun gazing.
Then work your way up to 5 minutes, than 10 minutes…finally landing on about 20 or 30 minutes. You can also accomplish this by taking a walk first thing in the morning (leave the sunglasses at home) and looking at the sun as much as possible.
When we do this, every single network within our physiology comes to life. Just as a plant that has been sitting in the dark would spring back to life once it came into the light…we are no different. We’ve just taken a major detour from this crucial biological requirement.
We need light, people. We need it now more than ever.
Stand by for Part 2 on 5 Ways to Biohack Your Artificial Light Exposure For Optimal Health, next week!
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