As the summer begins, most people start thinking about slathering on the sunblock when they will be spending outdoors, in order to protect themselves from a sunburn, and of course skin cancer. While it is prudent to avoid baking yourself in the sun and ended up looking like a lobster (and in severe pain), the sun’s rays have many benefits that you should consider taking full advantage of.

Although too much sun can lead to skin cancer, the Vitamin D that is activated by the sun actually is cancer preventative in many ways. It acts as a signal to let your body know when cells need to die! Cell overgrowth is basically cancer, and so by alerting old cells to die off, the sunshine helps protect us from cancer.

Many people take calcium supplements, but don’t realize that too much supplementation can have detrimental effects. How about getting your calcium naturally? You certainly won’t overdose if you go this route. There are plentiful amounts of calcium in leafy greens, and their calcium uptake can be promoted by 5% by mixing in a little Vit D courtesy of our yellow friend in the sky. So go eat a yummy salad and then lie out on the beach… doctors orders :)

Of course there may be times when you will be exposing yourself to high amounts of sun, and need a little protection. In that case, you want to look for products that are natural, or as close to natural as possible. Keep in mind that anything you slather on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. So a sunscreen full of ingredients you can’t pronounce is not what you want to coating your precious body with. Oxybenzine is present in many sunscreens, and fortunately it’s not a carcinogen.. that is, not until it is exposed to the sun! Yep, that’s right. Once you use it for the purpose it was intended for in the product, it becomes carcinogenic!

Did you know that due to FDA terminology, only synthetic substances can be labeled with an SPF factor?? That means that natural products, like red raspberry seed oil which has an SPF equivalent of 25, cannot tout that claim on their packaging. So if you see an SPF rating on a product, you can be sure that it is not ’all natural’.

So what to do? When you need to protect yourself from overdosing on those warming rays, look for sunscreen with zinc oxide, and mostly natural ingredients. You can check the safety of a product at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com or HERE.

Also, check out www.livinglibations.com for a product called “Everbody Loves the Sunshine”. This is an ALL natural product (thus no SPF rating) that gives your skin rich oils and nutrients to work WITH the sun, not against it!

Now, get off your computer and go soak up the sun!!!

 


Matt Talarico
07/01/2010 06:26

So what products do you recommend? P.S. I had no idea that only synthetic substances could be labled SPF...crazy!

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09/08/2010 19:26

Highly beneficial for us, Vitamin D not only strengthens our immune system helping us fight various diseases like influenza, but it also keeps cardiovascular diseases at bay and improves our general health, reducing mortality rate. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium and its role in strengthening the bones, which in turn prevents degenerative diseases like osteoporosis. It also acts as a mood lifter reducing depression. Although the health benefits of vitamin D have been long known, a recent study has shown that vitamin D has influence over more than 200 genes including the ones responsible for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes and cancer. Researches have shown long back that lack of sunlight leads to cancer. People living in colder climates and having limited exposure to sunlight have been more prone to cancer. Although sunlight was associated with cancer a long time ago, only recent studies have brought to light the fact that it is actually the deficiency of vitamin D which causes cancer. This breakthrough in science has shown that nearly 17 types of cancer can result from a vitamin D deficiency.

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