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Sunscreen blocks your body’s production of vitamin D. Most brands contain toxic free radical generators which can increase your risk of disease.
It’s easy to overdo your sun exposure in your quest to finally spend some time outdoors, especially when your skin is lily-white from being inside for months and not used to the sun. There are many simple lifestyle changes you can make to radically decrease your risk of sunburn, such as choosing your essential fatty acids wisely, increasing raw vegetables loaded with skin protecting antioxidant phytonutrients, and avoiding processed foods and sugars.
Additionally you can use clothing wisely to avoid sun induced skin damage. However if you are looking for an additional level of protection beyond clothing and toxic sunscreens, then I have come up with something that will really work for you and your family.
The Case AGAINST Using Sunscreen
I advise against using sunscreens. Even most “all-natural” sunscreens. Natural sunlight’s potential to harm you has really been blown out of proportion. This is thanks to many doctors, health officials, advertisements, beauty experts, corporations, and well-meaning friends. They basically tell you that you need to stay out of the sun because the sun will kill you. This simply isn’t true.
For starters, there is little scientific evidence to justify the many health campaigns that urge you to completely avoid the sun. Avoiding the sun just doesn’t make sense. And it certainly doesn’t make any sense when study after study shows that the sun is not deadly!
In fact, the sun is healthy for you. Think about it. After all, your ancestors survived outdoors, working outside under the sun’s rays far more often than they were indoors and out of the sun. This brings up an obvious question…
How on earth would it be possible for your body to end up being configured in such a way that the sun is now a deadly threat to you, me, and the entire human race?
Like I said, it simply isn’t true.That’s not to say sunlight can’t be harmful. Of course, it can be.For instance, long-term, excessive exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of certain types of skin cancer. Yet moderate sun exposure is less dangerous than sporadic sun exposure.
Plus, there’s a good deal of evidence that sun exposure without sunburn significantly decreases the risk of melanoma (a more deadly form of skin cancer.) So safe sun exposure is key.
What You Should Know About UVA and UVB Rays
Ultraviolet light from the sun comes in two main wavelengths, UVA and UVB. It’s important for you to understand the difference between them, and your risk factors from each. Consider UVB the ‘good guy’ though of course you can’t de-select UVA if you’re going to be in the sun. UVB helps your skin produce vitamin D.
UVA is considered the ‘bad guy’ because it penetrates your skin more deeply and causes more free radical damage. UVA rays are constant during all the hours of daylight throughout the entire year. By comparison, UVB waves are low in morning and evening and high at midday.
So, if you’re out early in the morning or late in the day, you get lots of UVA (bad guy) and not much UVB (good guy). Not a good way to produce vitamin D. Plus you increase your risk of cancer if that’s your only sun intake, and you fail to protect your skin.
What’s more, have you ever gotten a scorching sunburn on a cloudy day? You think you don’t need to protect yourself and you wind up being really sorry you didn’t. That’s the UVA rays at work. They can break through cloud cover and pollution and do some real damage your skin.
Sunscreens Keep You from Enjoying the Many Benefits of the Sun’s Healthy Rays
As you may know, wearing a sunscreen on your uncovered skin blocks your body’s production of vitamin D. In fact, sunscreens reduce vitamin D production by as much as 97.5 to 99.9%. And interfering with your body’s production of vitamin D by 97.5 to 99.9% may have serious health consequences.
Vitamin D plays a crucial role in your overall health and well-being. For example, this superb vitamin is known to:
Support your cardiovascular health
Promote optimal cholesterol levels
Enhance your muscle strength
Help produce optimal blood pressure levels
Help maintain a healthy immune system
Support healthy kidney function
Promote healthy teeth
Help keep your bones strong and healthy
This list of important benefits represents a tiny fraction of the ways vitamin D keeps you healthy and fit. And, although you can get vitamin D from natural food sources, experts agree on one thing.
Natural Sunlight is the Best Way to Get Your Vitamin D!
As soon as the sun’s ultraviolet rays strike your skin, your body is programmed to produce its own natural vitamin D. Your body produces the most active form of vitamin D, calciferol. Also known as vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is actually the precise form your body needs for the proper functioning of your organs and cells. And luckily for all of us, our bodies automatically generate enough of it with virtually no risk of overdose. They just know when to stop producing natural vitamin D before it can reach toxic levels. However, elevated vitamin D levels obtained strictly from oral supplements can take six months or longer to normalize.
With natural sunlight, you may be wondering what precautions you need to take…
Should You Use a Sunscreen to Guard Against SUNBURN?
Only when absolutely necessary! As much as I prefer you steer clear of sunscreens because they interfere with natural vitamin D production, there is one critical exception. The exception is when it is impossible to limit full body extreme exposure to sunlight. So if you can’t limit your exposure for whatever reason, do use a safe sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn.
Your risk of getting melanoma may increase in relationship to sunburn frequency and severity. Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using a 100% all-natural, non chemical sunscreen can reduce the risks of skin cancer and other harmful effects of the sun.
Studies revealed that people who spend more time outdoors without getting sunburn, actually decrease their risk of developing melanoma. Safe sunlight exposure has also been shown to protect against as many as sixteen different types of cancer, including breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, ovarian, bladder, gallbladder, gastric, pancreatic, prostate, rectal, and renal cancers, as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
So, your body needs a bit of unprotected sun exposure. For all the benefits I’ve mentioned earlier. But if you can’t avoid the following three scenarios:
You’re forced to be in the direct rays of the sun for a longer time than is safe.
You must go into intense sunlight without having the opportunity to gradually build up to it.
You’re in a situation where blocking the sun with strategic clothing or sunshades is impractical.
Use a sunscreen to help guard against sunburn, but, don’t just use any of the standard commercial brands you find on store shelves.
The majority of sunscreens are toxic because they contain man-made chemicals that can cause serious health problems and increase your risk of disease. The main chemical used in sunscreens to filter out ultraviolet B light is octyl methoxycinnamate. OMC for short. OMC was found to kill mouse cells even at low doses. Plus, it was also shown to be particularly toxic when exposed to sunshine. OMC is present in 90 percent of sunscreen brands!
A common ultraviolet A filter, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, has also demonstrated toxic properties. Furthermore, several studies show that the chemicals commonly used in sunscreens are absorbed through the skin and end up circulating in your blood stream. Toss your sunscreen in the trash if it contains any of these questionable chemicals:
Para amino benzoic acid
Potentially harmful chemicals such as dioxybenzone and oxybenzone (two chemicals I just mentioned) are some of the most powerful free radical generators known to man! So if your sunscreen contains dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or any of the other chemicals, I highly recommend you switch to a formula that is safe and healthy for your skin.
(Excerpts from Dr. Mercola” website)
Fortunately, there’s a much better option than chemical-laden commercial sunscreens…
Dr. J’s Healthy Rays
Dr. J’s Healthy Rays combines natural ingredients that are designed to heal the skin as it is exposed to UVA/UVB rays. Field-tested by local residents of New Mexico and in Florida, where the sun shines year round, it has proven to be effective at preventing sunburn without blocking the beneficial rays of the sun! It combines Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Vitamin D (Pharmaceutical grade), Vitamin A (Pharmaceutical grade), and locally grown Organic Lavender oil in a creamy rich base made from Herbal extracts and olive oil.
It will wash off in the water, so reapplying often is the key. Build up to more sun exposure gradually to avoid burning. If you are sup light skinned, you may have to use more caution as this is not a sunscreen.
Many people use this product as an everyday moisturizer as they love the soft skin it produces! It goes on smoothly and leaves no oily residue!
Cost is $21/bottle (Includes free shipping in Continental US)