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sunshine and teeth/mood

Postby summerwave » Wed 10 Jun 2009 01:04

I live in the American Midwest, quite north (near the Canadian border)...

I spent quite some time this winter getting out nearly every day for almost an hour at midday, to catch the sun's rays...

It affects the mood, and I feel too the teeth; the health of bones and teeth.

My schedule for fall and winter later this year will not permit such easygoing time outdoors, so (it is summer now, and the sun feels fantastic) I did look around this week and find a place to get indoor exposure next winter. Some short sessions on a tanning bed will take the place of some of these outdoor sessions-- though not all.

It wasn't until this year; this past winter, that I could feel how important it is to get regular, good exposure to sunshine.
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Postby RRM » Wed 24 Jun 2009 14:06

Yes, the influence of daylight exposure is often underestimated. It has profound effects on the metabolism of several hormones/neurotransmitters.
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sun/winter

Postby summerwave » Sun 28 Jun 2009 01:48

About 2 months into the winter here, one notices people getting a little emotionally volatile-- a little unsteady in mood.

By about the 5th month of winter, this effect seems fullblown.

In the beautiful summer, everyone starts peeling off clothes even before the air temperature is really warm enough to sunbathe-- it's startling.

By summer solstice (just a few days ago), everyone is so relaxed and happy it is just staggering. Even when it's warm enough to swim, most people just walk around, in the sun, or sit on the sand, sort of dazed.

There are all the cultural historians who say that suntans became "chic" in the 20th c. as a way of advertising one's wealth and indolence: of not needing to work, and being able to afford to go out in the sun and "do nothing." I feel now it is more a case of people being able to afford to FEEL good (and thus enjoy themselves), when others (in the winter, in many climates) had to suffer in mood/wellbeing from the lack of sun exposure.
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Postby Oscar » Mon 29 Jun 2009 10:52

Another factor in mood can be (the lack of) healthy cholesterol. If people have to rely on sunshine only, it becomes more important if you miss out on that too.
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cholesterol

Postby summerwave » Mon 29 Jun 2009 13:17

Almost no one here, I sense, eats raw cholesterol; you are right.

Consideration of these factors is fascinating when you see it all played out...


As in many very northern climes, too, there us a quite heavy consumption of alcohol and stimulants as well, here, I think because of the lack of good feeling from sunshine/raw cholesterol.

This thread could be usefully moved to the "mental effects" thread, perhaps?
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cholesterol

Postby summerwave » Fri 03 Jul 2009 17:45

The diet here is heavy in cooked fats and processed meat like sausages, as well as fish that is cooked only.

The amazing thing (I heard this from someone) is that the fishing charter boats that go out on the Great Lakes take sport fishers back into dock to clean their fish; the fish roe are all discarded at that time (fish roe is VERY high is raw cholesterol)....

There are an unusual number of tanning salons here, given the small population, so at least the sunshine factor is somewhat compensated for during the winters. But I doubt anyone ever eats raw cholesterol in the 'normal' diet common to this area.
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Postby Oscar » Sat 04 Jul 2009 13:24

Easy to get fresh fish (roe) for you then. :)
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fish roe

Postby summerwave » Sat 04 Jul 2009 14:54

yes, I've made arrangements--


Apparently the Mississippi River paddlefish roe (not local to here) is heavily toxic with mercury, chlordane, and many other pollutants.

But the Great Lakes salmon and whitefish are considered acceptable now after years of declining levels of many contaminants; these are two of the kinds I can get here. The salmon are stocked yearly and do not reproduce successfully, necessitating restocking; I think they are said to be not too old when caught, and grow up earlier in controlled conditions (fish farms). I look forward to getting some salmon roe, particularly, right off the boats here.

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