Getting Enough Sun

Sun is vital to good health.

sunEverybody knows that the body produces vitamin D from sunlight on the skin but did you know that vitamin D is unique compared to other vitamins? When  your body gets enough vitamin D, through a complicated process, it turns vitamin D into a steroid  hormone. This hormone is sometimes called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.” Vitamin D is very important for strong bones because it is essential for absorbing the calcium and phosphorus from foods we eat. You can also get a small amount of vitamin D from foods but the main source of vitamin D is sunlight.

Sunlight is a natural cure that helps the body maintain a high state of physical and mental health.  In fact, it holds the cure to the vast majority of diseases that are now considered epidemic in the western world. Vitamin D is vital for general good health, and researchers now are discovering that vitamin D is used by the body for so much more than maintaining bone health. Some of the functions of the body that vitamin D helps with include:

  • Immune system, which helps you to fight infection
  • Muscle function
  • Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
  • Respiratory system –for healthy lungs and airways
  • Brain development
  • Anti-cancer effects

It doesn’t end there –  Vitamn D lifts your mood – when you expose your eyes to sunlight (without sun glasses), the bio photons of light entering your brain via the visual cortex, stimulate emotional molecules of happiness and joy. So you feel good. And, when you don’t get enough, depression can kick in and take the joy out of life.

Be careful with sunscreens

Most sunscreen are made with chemicals, many of them now found to be toxic.

Because your skin is cytophylactic (like a sponge), it virtually ‘eats’ whatever you put on it – and so if there are toxic chemicals in the sunscreen you are using – they’ll be absorbed into your bloodstream and can cause problems ( like cancer) at a later date. If any of these chemicals are listed as ingredients on the sunscreen you are using, you may want to do some more research before putting it on your skin:

  • Para amino benzoic acid
  • Octyl salicyclate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Cinoxate
  • Dioxybenzone
  • Phenylbenzimidazole
  • Homosalate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Octocrylene
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Parabens

 

How to protect your skin?

Fresh fruitGet your sun in the early hours, or later in the afternoon if possible. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, grown locally or at least in the same climate zone where you live and in season. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, after a few months will improve your skin’s tolerance to the sun.

Also, not wearing sunglasses protects our skin –  when we are outside the light that comes into our eyes sends signals to the pituitary gland which triggers hormones to be released for skin protection. Humankind has not had sunglasses for the last couple of million years, so what if by wearing them you are also signalling to your brain that you are indoors – when actually you are in direct sunlight. Then your body is not sending the proper protection to your skin. Food for thought. Made me think, I can tell you! I live in a sunny part of the world, Western Australia and I’ve been wearing sunglasses, religiously, for years. So I tried not wearing them, started slowly at first to see how it went. I did not burn, even with extended periods of time spent in the sun, usually from early to mid morning. So now I don’t wear them at all – and keep out of the sun during the middle of the day, where possible. Or I wear a hat but not sunglasses.