License to Bronze – How The Sun’s Rays Promote Health

You’ve heard it from your sister, your mother, your best friend…even the stranger in the grocery check out line: stay out of the sun or prepare to look like a vintage Italian leather purse!

Ok, prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun will weaken your dermal layer, create skin discoloration, and yes, cause wrinkles.  But locking yourself away from the sun like a trapped ivory tower princess has equally damaging effects.  Why? Because there are benefits to sun exposure!  Limited exposure to the sun, without the protection of sunscreen, optimizes Vitamin D levels, and may actually help prevent as many as 16 different types of cancers including skin cancer.  Vitamin D from the sun helps to build bones, soothe inflammation, and boost the immune system.  Now, hours and hours of sun-worshiping is far from recommended.  But, I’ve got some tips on how to engage in the optimal solar soiree.  Because, when you bask in the sun the smart way, you can get a hint of color, boost your mood, and enhance your health too.  Here’s what I recommend:

    • Laying out in the sun at mid-day without sunscreen has danger written all over it.  But in order to properly metabolize the sun’s Vitamin D, you need to spend some time outdoors without all that goopy protection.  Do a little light suntanning for about 15-30 minutes mid morning (between 10:30-11:30) or mid afternoon (between 3:00 and 4:00) when the sun is not as strong.  This way, you get an effective, but gentle dose of “Helios healing”.
    • Avoiding sunburn is a must.  It’s the burn, not the golden glow, that causes melanoma.  But how do you protect against looking like a lobster if not by wearing sunscreen?  Simple, start small and build tolorance.  If you have very fair skin and you tend to burn easily,  start with limited sun exposure when the sun deosn’t shine as hot and build slowly to a higher amount of time.
    • When you begin your daily sun regimine, remember to eat lots of fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants and healthy fats.  Load up on dark greens, blueberries, rasperries, goji berries, pomegranates, apricots, green beans, sugar snap peas,  and avocados, fish oil supplements, or limited amounts of salmon.  These foods strengthen cell resiliency and integrity, and protect them from sun damage.  In a way, they act like an “internal sunscreen”.
    • Don’t spend too much time in the sun. Short exposures boost your health more effectively and more safely than long exposures.
    • Get outside!  Your body doesn’t generate Vitamin D when sitting behind a glass window because the glass absorbs UVB rays your body needs for Vitamin D production. So don’t imagine you get what you need from driving around at mid-day.  You must have unobstructed sun exposure to reap the benefits.

The most important thing about sun-soaking is knowing when to stop.  After your 15-30 minutes of sun-block free time in the sun, you really must protect yourself, lest you become that leather purse!  For extended time in the sun, wear a sun hat, light colored clothing, and apply the most luxurious, toxin free sunscreen available. Use EWG’s top-rated sunscreens to  find top quality, non-hazardous sun protection!


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