Family picnics, days at the beach, camping trips -- oh what the great outdoors has in store for you this season! Summer has officially arrived and so have two familiar questions: How will I protect myself (or my children) from the sun? And, what kind of sunblock should I use?
But the sun, that big magnificent ball of energy in our sky, provides you much more goodness than you might know. Of course, you will want to avoid getting too much sun, but you do need adequate amounts of sun this summer to be healthy all year long.
Your goal should be to prepare your body to absorb the sun’s benefits while preventing damage from too much sun and sunburns. Read on and learn how to do just this.
When you’re ready to enjoy the summer sun this year, forget the commercial sunscreens. There are other, natural remedies that will allow maximum sun protection, and won’t harm your skin or the environment. Mainstream sunscreens contain harmful chemicals and additives that do more than block the sun; they have been shown to accelerate cancer development, and prohibit Vitamin D production.
Vitamin D is known to impact the function and development of at least 36 different organ tissues, and influences over 2,000 genes in your body. This “vitamin” (Vitamin D is actually a hormone) is responsible for letting your cells know when to die, so new and healthy ones can replace them. This is one way that Vitamin D helps prevent cancer. Cancerous cells are cells that grow and live beyond their expiration date.
Many popular sunscreens contain super-high amounts of Vitamin A. Ironically, the higher the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating, the more oxybenzene (a chemical that interferes with hormone production) you’re putting on, and the more you’re hindering Vitamin D production.
Sunscreen is also harmful for the environment. Each year, scientists estimate that between 4000 and 6000 metric tons of sunscreen are washed into the ocean by swimmers and beach-goers. This puts 10% of the world’s coral population at risk, and is thought to be the number one cause of the bleached coral skeletons that are becoming more commonplace today.
There are a number of easy and healthy ways to protect your skin from the potentially harmful effects of the sun besides remaining inside your office, or covering up with jeans and a turtleneck.
If you are someone who has been persuaded to avoid the dangerous ultraviolet sunlight and are afraid to expose yourself to our sun’s deliciously warming rays, it may simply take courage to give the sun a second chance.
Go out between the hours of noon and 2:00 pm for 20 – 30 minutes 3 times per week. This is the recommended amount for “sensible” sun exposure recommended by Dr Michael Holick, author of a new book, The Vitamin D Solution: A 3 –Step Strategy to Cure Our Most common Health Problem.
Dr Holick has devoted over 3 years of his life to the study of Vitamin D and as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin was responsible for isolating and identifying the major circulating form of Vitamin D in humans as well as the active form produced by the kidneys. These discoveries lead to the use of Vitamin D as a supplement.
Here are 3 great reasons:
Of course, over-indulgence of the sun’s rays can lead to painful sun burns -- so don’t overindulge. After the appropriate amount of sun exposure simply cover up your skin with a healthy sunscreen.
With high levels of Vitamin D circulating in your blood you are less likely to burn. Yes, you read that correctly. You are less likely to become sunburned if your Vitamin D levels are at a high normal of between 50 – 80 nanograms per milliliter.
You are less likely to become sunburned when you eat healthy fats and oils so that your body makes healthy cholesterol. Transfats and refined, bleached and deodorized oils are partially responsible for our overly sensitive reaction to the sun and to skin cancer.
You are less likely to become sunburned if your immune system is strong. That’s why it’s important to protect against sun damage by increasing your intake of immune-boosting probiotic foods. The beneficial microflora in fermented, probiotic foods strengthen your immune system and therefore your body’s natural protection against sun damage.
Believe it or not, by simply eating a balanced Body Ecology Probiotic diet that suits your nutritional needs, you actually increase your absorption of Vitamin D from your Vitamin D-rich foods as well.
Sometimes it’s just too tempting to stay outside and soak in the fun. So, here are some natural sunburn prevention tips for you.
You will notice that we recommend essential oils for sun protection. These are very potent natural solutions, and you will love how they make you smell and feel.
Spending time in the sun is not only beneficial, it’s necessary. Spending time outside everyday and enjoying the heat (and sweating to eliminate those toxins) is great for your body and your spirit.
Take care of yourself (and your family), by practicing “sensible sun exposure” and increasing your body’s natural ability to fight osteoporosis, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, depression, arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, autism and cancer.
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