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Show Some Skin!

Summer is finally here. We will be spending more time outside and getting a lot more sunshine! I am encouraging everyone to show off their new and improved bodies this year, and soak up some rays.

Showing some skin can benefit you in many ways. Did you know that getting sunshine actually increases endorphins? That means a noticeably better mood. Sunshine also decreases many skin diseases, relieves pain, and synchronizes your body’s natural biorhythms – keeping you awake during the day, and sleeping better at night.

Contrary to popular belief, research shows that getting moderate amounts of sunshine can actually protect us from melanoma. Since UVB radiation from the sun is the primary source of vitamin D for most people, two thirds of adults in the U.S. are vitamin D deficient. Obese individuals are the most likely to be deficient, as vitamin D gets stored in the fatty tissues and is not absorbed into the bloodstream. The lack of absorption of the vitamin causes the deficiency.

So, put on some shorts and show off those legs. Go for a sleeveless top and display those beautiful new arms. Put on a swimsuit and flaunt the new you. Do whatever outdoor activity you love, and reap the benefits from a little bit of sunshine!

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Krista Carpentar

Krista Carpentar

Krista opened Lotus Counseling in 2013, after realizing the need for specialized Eating Disorder treatment in the Grand Valley. Krista is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Masters of Science degree in Counseling in 2003 from Texas A&M University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. Since 2003 Krista has provided counseling to individuals with a wide variety of concerns. Currently, she specializes in treating adults and adolescents with disordered eating, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and a variety of other concerns. She uses a variety of modalities in her treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Relational, and Solution Focused Therapy.

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