We need the sun for our health. Whether you live in a state with sunshine all year, have seasonal summer sun, or take trips to warm climates, learning to condition yourself to sunshine exposure will help protect you from sun damage and assist you in maintaining a healthier body. UVB radiation from natural pure sunshine converts cholesterol into vitamin D in your body. Virtually all plant and animal life on earth needs some sunshine! There would be no life without the sun, and here are some tips to help you get those most out of it.
1. Avoid Chemicals
Although the medical establishment would have you bathing in sunscreen, conventional sunscreen is one of the last things you want to put on your body. A better alternative is wearing clothing to protect you against the sun, or using a mineral-based sunblock of which there are only a few acceptable brands, like Goddess Garden. Make-up, lotions, and most personal care products are loaded with harmful chemicals that not only disrupt hormones, but are toxic. What you put on your skin enters your blood stream in minutes! Pure, natural skin care products are available and avoid exposure to unnecessary harmful chemicals.
2. Condition Your Skin for Sun
Whether hitting the ski slopes or the sandy beaches of the world, the most important factor is to avoid getting sunburned. Constant burning of your skin dramatically increases your chances of getting skin cancer. Exposing yourself to the sun no more than 20 minutes for the first 3 days, then increasing exposure by 15 minutes a day every 3 days for 2 weeks, allows your body to become accustomed to the sun, and you avoid burning. Use plenty of natural aloe vera gel [try Naturally Savvy’s partner Lily of the Desert] to help re-moisturize your skin. If you do burn, I recommend a pure aloe vera gel or juice, pure noni juice, and essential oilof lavender. The aforementioned are the top 3 first aid treatments for burned skin. Pure raw honey can also be useful to soothe and heal sunburn.
3. Protect yourself with a Healthy Diet
Eating bad trans fats is the worst food of all! Avoid fried foods, poor quality oils, roasted nuts and seeds, and the fake fats such as margarine. Junk foods, trans fats, and overeating all contribute to a weakened immune system. However, please remember to eat a proper amount of healthy fats such as: fresh pressed oils, raw nuts and seeds, avocado, and coconuts. Consuming plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables also keeps your immune system strong. Natural beta carotene and vitamin A are both very protective to the skin.
4. Eat Cod Liver Oil, Spirulina, & Sunflower Seeds
Cod liver oil, spirulina, & sunflower seeds are a great source of beta carotene and vitamin A. A quality source of Cod Liver Oil,[like those from Naturally Savvy’s partners Carlson Labs and Nordic Naturals] has other skin-healthy benefits including omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Forget about Tanning Beds…
So far, man has yet to duplicate nature, and suntan beds are an example. While you might be able to get some vitamin D production from sunbed tanning, it is still equivalent to the sun’s rays. Just like a synthetic vitamin is not food, man-made lamps are no match for the sun!
6. Go Outside!
Walking outside just 20 minutes a day, with some skin exposed, will help you produce vitamin D. Exposure to the sun provides many other benefits in addition to promoting the conversion of vitamin D. The right balance of natural sunlight can aid in cancer prevention, and there is also strong evidence that sunlight is protective against multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, and contributes towards an overall strong immune system.
Even in the winter please try to go outside, when the weather is tolerable, at least 3 days a week. There is no better source of vitamin D than exposure to natural sunshine. Ever wonder why laundry dried in the sun smells fresher than clothes from a dryer? Sunshine kills bacteria and mold! Soaking up the sun safely can be good for you.
7. Beware of the Ozone Layer
In some parts of the world there is a thinner ozone layer which lowers the earth’s natural protection from the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure at peak times of the day, around 12 noon to 2 pm, to minimize UVB damage.
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