One day, with the help of the passage of time, it might seem comical. It’s hard to say. But right now, it’s just plain infuriating.
We heeded the expert’s advice. We lined up in great numbers and rolled up our sleeves to get our coronavirus vaccine. Only to be faced with the feds insisting we can’t change a thing about our behavior after we’re fully vaccinated.
We did OUR part. However, it was starting to feel like it was for no reason. But, as I shared with you recently, the feds have thankfully been forced to backtrack.
The powers that be now admit that fully vaccinated Americans have a lot more freedom than we have for the past year. That includes the freedom to gather in small groups without masks with other vaccinated folks. And you can even sneak in a hug with an unvaccinated grandkid.
But they’re still messing up in a BIG WAY. Because the so-called experts still refuse to deliver what may be some of the most important… and yet most basic… bit of day-to-day coronavirus advice of all.
It’s info that can help the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. It takes no time, costs no money, and involves NO pills of any kind. (Hm, no wonder they hate it.)
But new research shows how this one piece of easy-to-follow guidance could literally help save lives if they ever bother to give it.
This BRIGHT IDEA could help BLOCK deadly infections
Here’s the advice the experts should be giving EVERYONE right now: GO OUTSIDE.
Go outside every day. Do it as much as you can. And soak up some healing sunlight.
Stepping outdoors and allowing the sunlight to reset our circadian rhythms and spur the production of vitamin D is good for us at any time. But it turns out it may be even more critical while we’re still in the grips of the pandemic.
Because the latest research reveals, sunlight could hold the key to preventing some of the worst COVID-19 outcomes.
The new study used weather data to compare UV levels in 2,474 US counties to the coronavirus death rates over the first months of the pandemic late last winter and early spring. It found, in short, that MORE sunlight… means LESS death.
It was an observational study. But it matches the data we saw in other research last year.
Soak up the sunlight for bunches of benefits
You might think the main reason sunlight may be linked to a lower COVID-19 death rate would be good old vitamin D. I’ll admit, it’s a good guess.
You see, when sunlight hits your skin, it activates a process that causes your body to create this potent hormone, which can power up your immune system.
Since vitamin D can help protect against other respiratory infections, including cold and flu, researchers have zeroed in on it as a potential weapon against coronavirus, too. But that theory might not pan out… at least not entirely.
This study looked specifically at places where people were getting sunlight but NOT the quality of light needed to stimulate vitamin D (that naturally happens in winter and early spring in many areas). So while vitamin D certainly COULD play a vital role, that’s not likely the case here.
Another reason could be that sunlight kills the virus more quickly. It’s one of the reasons it’s tougher to get the infection outdoors.
But it turns out the most important reason of all may be another process that happens inside your body. Sunlight can stimulate nitric oxide, which helps pop open blood vessels. And lab studies have shown this may also help slow the coronavirus from replicating inside the body.
We’ll need more human research to be sure, of course. But all signs point to yes, so far.
Now, of course, exposure to sunlight alone will NOT keep you safe. And if you’re sick, it’s going to take a lot more than sunlight to fight the infection.
But as a starting point each day for good health, make a point of getting outside and getting some sunlight (just cover up or seek shade before you burn).
The many benefits include…
- immune support
- better cardiovascular health
- boosted bone strength
- improved metabolic health
Personally, I’ve made it my morning ritual to take my first mug of coffee for the day out to the front porch to bathe in the sunlight as I finish it. And it’s a good idea to build in some sun exposure for yourself too, whether you’ve been vaccinated or not.