We are a lot like plants. No obviously we are not green and woody, but we share a need equally as powerful as do plants. There are some people in the world who would not agree, but as I get along in this short article you will see that those people are deluded.
What turns the leaves of most outdoor plants colors beyond green in the autumn? What makes many animals turn more sluggish and sleepy in the autumn? Why do many people’s emotional moods seem to take downward turn towards variations of depression in autumn? What causes our immune systems to weaken once autumn takes full hold upon the land? All of those questions have the exact same answer.
The lowering of light quality – the absence of strong sunlight
The answer is as simple as that. Light plays a massive role in the wellbeing and overall growth of the majority of this worlds life forms, us included. The light I speak of it of course the light of the sun, full spectrum ultra violet light. Light we cannot gain from a regular light bulb in our buildings. Even special full spectrum sunlamps we can buy, though beneficial, do not contain the dynamic energy found in pure sunlight. The media and their fear mongering have latched onto the disinformation of certain levels of the medical field, who seem to be either playing with less than factual information, or are purposely spreading lies to keep people in a sickly state so their mega corporation can continue to harvest insane amounts of profit. No matter which it might be, the downplay and targeting of sunlight as being “bad” for us is ridiculous. Let us look briefly at some patterns that show us how important and healthy sunlight truly is.
The leaves of most deciduous trees and even some conifers like the tamarack, begin to die in late summer and early autumn. They turn colors and eventually fall off the tree branches. The question many kids ask is why do they turn? Some folk think its because the temperatures turn cooler and so the leave die off. Not exactly. The simple reason is that leaves are part of the tree for a purpose, not decoration. They absorb sunlight and create chlorophyll from it which then helps feed the tree with vital energy. This is one major reason we see young saplings on the forest floor with huge leaves in comparison to their full grown kin standing around them. The full grown tree has very small leaves compared to many saplings of the same species. The saplings grow in the shade of the taller trees and so cannot get the amount of sunlight their older trees do. To compensate for this light loss they grow abnormally large leaves which contain more light absorbing surface. It is no different than our pupils. The more light there is, the smaller our pupils are. The less light there is, the large the pupils to let more light into the eye.
As summer marches on the sun travels further and further away from far north and far southern regions. It returns to the equatorial band where it will winter. Of course the sun goes nowhere. The earth spins at a tilt and so the angle between us and the sun increases and decreases depending upon our positioning to the sun, and this varies from one time of year to another; seasons. As late summer comes on and autumn arrives, the amount of direct sun we get here in Vermont for example, is much less than what we get in June and July. The further we get to the autumnal equinox and then further still towards the winter solstice, the less and less light we get from the sun. The leaves of plants gain less and less sun. The plants themselves understand their leaves are mainly to gain sunlight. When the energy expenditure to maintain leaves surpasses how much energy the plant gains from the light, the plant shuts down energy supplies to its leaves. The leaves in-turn lose chlorophyll, change colors and die. The plant slows its growth processes and slip into a form of plant hibernation until the light returns. It is a survival mechanism. Weakened plants tend to get sick and die as the light fades.
People are no different. Our bodies require lots of direct sunlight to not only maintain a high state of healthy balance, but also to regenerate and grow. Our immune systems are the only reason we are alive when it comes down to physical mechanics. When our immune systems become compromised, our state of health plummets. So many more people get sick in autumn, winter and early spring than any other time of the year. Why?
The lack of light in autumn, winter and early spring is one of the main reasons people get ill so much more than in late spring and summer. Our bodies require vitamin D to remain healthy. Quality vitamin D comes from sunlight. But statistics show that most people, especially in climates outside of the equatorial band, are deficient in vitamin D. In summer you could spend much of your time outside and gain decent amounts of vitamin D, IF you are not in a cloudy environment, a smog filled environment and you are wearing your natural body oils rather than stripping them all off. See my articles for more detail:
The lower the level of sunlight and the lower the level of sunlight to skin absorption, the weaker our immune system; its that simple. Our bodies are built to require lots of good quality sunlight exposure to maintain optimal states of health. Low light exposure forces our body into stress mode. That means low sunlight exposure triggers our body to produce stress hormones from organs such as the liver. These hormones flood our bloodstream and eventually wear down the immune system by over stressing the endocrine system. This taxes our adrenal glands and kidneys which makes our stress response less effective. Our pituitary is also affected and rather than creating balanced hormones, it produces the wrong kinds of hormones in its state of imbalance, hormones like prolactin which suppresses the feel good chemical dopamine and cortisol. The thyroid gland becomes sluggish due to the flood of stress hormones in the body. This in-turn weakens the digestive system and overall metabolism. This prevents the body from gaining good quality energy and nutrients from foods we consume. All of that further stresses the immune system and wears down our bodies. A general lack of wellbeing ensues and eventually sickness follows.
The suppression of dopamine production in the brain from lower sunlight exposure and quality creates those all too familiar states of depression and sadness so many people feel in autumn and winter.
In the animal kingdom the lack of sunlight affects them in similar ways. The lower light quality slows down their thyroid functions, lowering metabolism and increasing weight-gain in preparation for the cold season of winter and lack of food. They start to sleep longer or more often as well to conserve energy, much like the trees giving up their leaves and going formant for survival.
Nighttime is stressful to the human body because of the lack of light. Even though we need rest, good quality rest, the low light forces our livers to produce stress hormones that can interfere with our sleep. This is why it is essential to consume good quality glucose, like raw honey for example, before bed to give the liver the food it needs at night so it does not produce sleep disturbing stress hormones.
Just because most people live in houses, and dwell so much in the modern technological human created and controlled indoor environment does not mean we are exempt from the natural ebbs and flows of the natural world. We are as subject to the global seasonal shifts as every other life form upon this planet. We cannot escape it. The world is an energy and we are part of that energy.
How can we boost out immune strength when the sun leaves us? Specialists who study Vitamin D /D3 recommend taking between 6,000 and 10,000 IU’s per day for optimal immune function. Do not forget to get plenty of Vitamin K2 and magnesium along with it since our body requires both to metabolize D.
Good quality sunlamps can also be very beneficial in our homes. Just make sure the sunlamp does not emit ozone! Many do and ozone is poisonous. I see a lot of sunlamps advertised as “Light and Ion Therapy lamps”. If you read closer you will find the Ions they speak of are ozone. The lamp should be a full spectrum sunlight lamp. Look for ones used as sunlamps for plants. Many work for us as well.
Just about every “night person” I have ever known that seems to have an aversion to sunlight are weak and unhealthy. The whole Goth underworld, avoid the sun culture seem to be very unhealthy people, and is there are wonder why? Light is life, light is health and wellbeing. We cannot do without it. The sun is the ruler of this world. Remove the sun and the world dies. Darkness is the transition between physical life and non-physical/spiritual existence – light once more.