Sunshine feels amazing on the skin. We look better with a glow from its rays. It is the number one source of bio-available vitamin D on the planet. The sun is the source for life on the planet, required to grow our food and helps cleanse the earth. We need sunshine to survive and yet, somehow, we have made it the villain and declared ourselves helpless victims.
Is this really true?
A few weeks ago I posted the following on Instagram:
Below this clipping from a Globe and Mail article, I wrote the following:
So much wrong in this one statement made by a dermatologist in response to Gwyneth Paltrow declaring 15 minutes of sun exposure being healthy.
Please know- The sun itself is not a carcinogen. It is the source of life to all things on this planet.
The sun has not changed, we have -- filling our bodies with toxic, hydrogenated oils, processed sugars and coating our bodies in the chemical cocktails we call cosmetics.
Oxybenzone, one of the most common sunscreen ingredients has been shown to become cell disrupting and carcinogenic when exposed to sunlight. Sunscreen also blocks the production of vitamin D. Deficiency of this nutrient has been linked to everything from digestive problems, depression, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and basal cell carcinoma (yes -- skin cancer). Rates of melanoma have been shown to decrease with increased sunshine exposure.
Additionally, sunscreen gives people the belief that they are safe to lie out and bake in the sun- that is when it becomes toxic. Our DNA is better able to repair from sunburn than from the effects of baking in the sun with sunscreen on.
To suggest that vitamin D is best taken in by a pill -- where the vitamin is processed from the lanolin on Australian sheep, shipped to China to be synthesized with corn and then taken in a synthetic supplement in form that is not even effectively absorbed by the body, doesn't make any logical sense.
Your best defence as always, is prevention! Get sun early in the morning or late in the afternoon, wear a hat, seek shade and try light long sleeves if you have to be out in high sun hours, consume loads of fresh, local, seasonal antioxidant loaded berries and greens, avoid consuming processed oils, and use zinc oxide as a sun deflector for more sensitive or fairer skin.
Check out this image from a hospital in Northern Europe where they treated people with sunshine to cure them from tuburculosis -- a disease largely caused by vitamin D deficiency.
After doing so much reading about the healing powers of sunshine while continuing to see people slather on their Banana Boat tanning oil while eating junk food (and looking up at the sun as the problem) -- this needs to be addressed.
Please listen to this interview with Nadine Artemis of Living Libations (featured in my book UnDiet) about the power of the sun and the mess we've made of our relationship with it. There are some seriously important takeaways here!
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