Believe it or not, exposing yourself to light, the brighter the better, during the earlier hours in the day, can help to maintain a healthy BMI. A new Northwestern Medicine study reports that the timing, intensity, and duration of your light exposure is related to your weight.
The connection between the two stems from our natural bodily cycles – sleeping patterns, circadian rhythms, metabolism, etc. Being indoors all day and not getting much bright light can confuse your body and knock it off its natural synchronization to the sun and the day and night cycles.
“Light is a modifiable factor with the potential to be used in weight management programs” Reid said. Even on a cloudy day, outdoor light measures over 1,000 lux. Most indoor working environments feature lights that only have 200 to 300 lux.
The take away from all this? Make sure you get as much natural and bright light in your days as possible, especially in the mornings. It can add a valuable benefit to your life!
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