Sunshine And Our Health

Sunshine and our health – Part 3 – Welcome. This is the final installment of our 3 part series about sunshine, our skin and how sunshine plays an important role in our overall health.

Natural Pure Body Care gratefully acknowledges the author of this 3 part series, Nadine Artemis of Living Libations, who has done us all a service by improving our understanding of the important role of the sun to our health in this informative series of articles.

In this article, Nadine discusses sunglasses, the importance of sunshine to healthy eye development in children and healthy external organic nourishment for your skin.

Part 3 of Wise Interaction With The Sun by Nadine Artemis

Mountain Sunrise

Sun Gazing at Sunrise

 

Organic Thirst Quencher For Your Skin To Enjoy Sun Kissed Harmony

We love to be in the sun, so we formulated an organic elixir of plant oils as a cooling canopy and deep drink for our skin; Everybody Loves the Sunshine uses the rich oils of desert jojoba, virgin coco-creme, red raspberry seed oil, seabuckthorn berry oil, tamanu berry, and the essential oils of schizandra berry, immortelle, carrot seed, rose-otto, Cape chamomile, frankincense, sandalwood, ginger, lavender, turmeric, calendula and palmarosa. This beautiful formula harmonizes your skin with the sun.

Avoid Sunburned Skin With Easy Precautions

We want to avoid sunburned skin, so for extended hours in the sun that exceed your natural melanin protection and plant oil oversight, wear a hat and cover skin with clothing. Or, use a natural sunblock with zinc oxide, like Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc. Uncoated zinc oxide effectively blocks and reflects, rather than absorbs, the sun’s rays – and unlike the white stuff on lifeguards’ noses, it won’t paint the skin white. For waterproof sunburn prevention, mix pure vitamin C powder in a 10% solution with water; lightly mist onto exposed skin and allow it to soak in and re-spray once again before sun exposure.

Why Our Eyes Need Sunlight

Wear sunglasses only when necessary. Our eyes need the sunlight, too. Sunlight in the eyes is the most direct path of communication between the sun and our brains, and our good health and good mood hinges on it. When the full spectrum of light rays is intercepted in the retina, it is positively encoded in the brain and sets in motion the juicy hormones and neurochemicals that help us stay happy and healthy. This process works even if we are in the shade, but not if we are wearing shades.

The blue part of the sunlight spectrum is absorbed by the lens at the back of the eye, which stimulates the suprachiasmatic nucleus (the body’s master clock) in the hypothalamus and the pineal gland. In turn, they synchronize the production and release of neural and hormonal messengers including melatonin (not melanin). Melatonin is mostly widely known as the circadian rhythm hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. It is also a powerful immune booster and anti-aging antioxidant that protects nuclear and mitochondrial DNA and delays neuro-degeneration. Wearing sunglasses and spending our days indoors blocks blue light reception and reduces our nightly dose of melatonin.

As we age, the photoreceptive lens starts to get cloudy, inhibiting the full absorption of the needed blue light. This leads to master-clock confusion and the under production of hormones, like melatonin, and neurochemicals. A 45 year old’s lenses absorb only half of the amount of blue light as a child’s lenses. The lenses of the elderly are often quite opaque, and this may explain why rates of sleep problems, immune issues, and some mood disorders, like depression, increase in the elderly. As your years increase, the more time you need to spend outside to receive the sun’s fullest blessing and the night’s best sleep.

How Sunlight Reduces The Risk Of Nearsightedness In Children

Children also need to be outside in the sun as natural light is crucial for healthy eye development. Ophthalmic research shows that spending three hours a day in natural light reduces the risk nearsightedness in children. Sunlight triggers dopamine production in the eye, which stimulates normal growth.

We can safely satisfy our eyes’ need for sunlight by practicing the ancient art of sun gazing. Slowly acclimatize the eyes to sunlight by enjoying the gentle rays of sunrise and sunset.
Rejoice in the warm sunshine, and let the elements feed your skin and spirit. Engage it with grace. Greet it with self-knowledge, wisdom, and a well-nourished body and all will be well.

Thank you, Sun, that just happens to be in exactly the right place in the universe.

This concludes this series on sunlight and our health. If you missed either of the previous articles in this series you can visit Sunlight – Lifegiving Friend Not Foe  and Sunlight, Friend Not Foe Part 2.

For related information on the importance of Vitamin D and our health we recommend this excellent book by MD Zoltan Rona – “Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin

Image of book cover - Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin, by Zoltan Rona, MD, MSc
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