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11 Reasons Why You Should Soak Up the Sun This Spring

Posted Apr 07 2010 1:03pm

The sun has finally arrived! And not a moment too soon. Spring has sprung and in my part of the country, the leaves are popping up on the trees and the grass is coming alive. Soon the bunnies will be visiting my backyard like they do every year.

I love the sun. It makes me feel happy and alive. I become so motivated after a winter of hibernation. This is a great time to kick off a fast or juice feast. I think New Year’s resolutions should be made April 1 instead of January 1. Surely, more of our goals would be obtained this way.

We’ve been told over and over how bad the sun is for us. We should slather our bodies in chemical laden sunscreens or stay out of it completely. Really? This big, beautiful ball of heat that gives us light, grows food, is essential to all facets of life on planet earth, is bad for us?

I did a little research and this is what I found:

  • Vitamin D, which assists in mineralizing the bones, is formed when the skin is exposed to sunshine.
  • Sunshine increases the amount of iron in the blood. This creates a more “magnetic” presence, as is evident in the “well-tanned” look.
  • Cancer rates in the USA are highest in the northern states with the least amount of sunshine.
  • Rates of breast, prostate, ovarian, and colon cancer are the lowest in people with more exposure to sunshine.
  • Sunshine exposure may reduce breast cancer up to 30-40%, and ovarian cancer by 80%.
  • ht-associated cancer deaths yearly versus 138,000 for the above mentioned cancers in the USA.
  • Sunshine-associated cancers (non-melanoma) increase most where sunscreens are heavily promoted.
  • Sunshine raises positive moods in persons with SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
  • Psoriatic skins lesions are reduced by sunshine.
  • Direct sun exposure kills most forms of mold, fungus and yeast (athlete’s foot, candida etc..)
  • Daily sunshine exposure normalizes hormone levels in both men and women.

So, regular exposure to sunshine can be extremely beneficial. Please remember the principle of moderation. Consider your skin tone and limit your exposure to around 60 minutes or less a day. Instead of using chemical laden sunscreens, head over to your health food store and find natural, organic sunscreen. Coconut oil can be used before and after sunning. Sesame oil, which you can purchase at the grocery store has a natural sunscreen protective factor.

Okay everyone, it’s time to get out there and enjoy the sun and give your health a little boost!

Reference: Facts about the sun taken from the book Eating For Beauty by David Wolfe

Have a Sunny Day!

Christina Menefee

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