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Part 5-Harnessing the Power of Sunshine and Fresh Air to Control Your Appetite

In the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and balanced eating habits, many people tend to overlook the natural elements that surround us daily: sunshine and fresh air. These two elements can play a significant role in curbing your appetite and promoting overall well-being. In this blog post, we'll delve into the science-backed benefits of sunshine and fresh air for appetite control.

Sunshine and Vitamin D:

Sunshine is a primary source of vitamin D, a nutrient known for its role in various bodily functions, including appetite regulation. Adequate levels of vitamin D may help reduce cravings and promote a feeling of fullness.[1]

Mood Enhancement:

Exposure to natural sunlight can boost your mood by increasing the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of happiness and well-being. When your mood is elevated, you are less likely to turn to comfort foods for emotional support.[2]

Fresh Air and Oxygen:

Fresh air is rich in oxygen, and deep, deliberate breaths of fresh air help reduce stress and anxiety.[3] Lower stress levels are associated with decreased cravings for high-calorie, comfort foods.

Improved Digestion:

Spending time outdoors in fresh air can encourage physical activity like walking or light exercise. These activities aid in digestion and help your body process food more efficiently and reduce cravings.[4]

Better Sleep Patterns:

Exposure to natural light during the day can help regulate your circadian rhythm, improving your sleep quality. Adequate sleep is linked to healthier eating habits and better appetite control.[5]

The benefits of sunshine and fresh air extend beyond just physical health; they have a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being. By harnessing the power of these natural elements, you can better control your appetite, reduce cravings, and support a balanced and healthy approach to eating.

Today, remember to step outside, soak in the sunlight, and take in a deep breath of fresh air—it might be just what you need on your journey to Start a New YOU!® even throughout the holiday season.

In the next few blogs, we will consider food-like substances that can sabotage your best efforts. Stay tuned so you can successfully make it through the holidays with your goals intact and in tune with your inner commitment!

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References: [1] Takiishi, T., Gysemans, C., Bouillon, R., & Mathieu, C. (2013). Vitamin D and diabetes. Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America, 39(2), 365-379. [2] Lambert, G. W., Reid, C., & Kaye, D. M. (2002). Effects of sunlight and season on serotonin turnover in the brain. The Lancet, 360(9348), 1840-1842. [3] Koga, Y., Hisamura, M., & Kouwaki, T. (2016). Effects of forest recreation on cardiovascular and metabolic parameters in hypertensive Type 2 diabetic patients. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods, 25(1), 15-21. [4] Brown, R. A., & Riby, L. M. (2013). Re-visiting the outdoor environment and dietary intake among older people: A qualitative study. Health & Place, 19, 59-64. [5] Reference: Wright, K. P., McHill, A. W., Birks, B. R., Griffin, B. R., Rusterholz, T., & Chinoy, E. D. (2013). Entrainment of the human circadian clock to the natural light-dark cycle. Current Biology, 23(16), 1554-1558.


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