Sunshine – Natural Health Benefits
Sunshine and our health – Part 1 – Welcome. This is a 3 part series of articles about sunshine, our skin and how sunshine plays a critical role in our overall health. Rather than being something to avoid, Natural Pure Body Care says “sunshine is good medicine”. We can have all of the beautiful benefits of sunlight without any harm, by becoming enlightened 🙂 and following some sensible precautions.
This article (part 1) deals with our nutrition and how that plays a huge role in how our skin responds to sunlight.
Then, watch for Part 2 which deals with how we can receive all of the incredible health benefits of sunshine safely and two reasons to avoid synthetic sunscreens.
Finally, we will conclude the series with Part 3, which addresses sunglasses, the importance of sunshine to healthy eye development in children and healthy external organic nourishment for your skin.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the author of this 3 part series, Nadine Artemis of Living Libations, who has done us all a service in dispelling many of the commonly held myths about sunshine and our health in this informative series of articles.
Part 1 of Wise Interaction With The Sun by Nadine Artemis
Imagine this: At an appointment with your doctor, he advises you to spend unblocked time in the sun to preserve the health and beauty of your skin …
“Properly aired and sunlit, skin becomes velvety, supple tissue, absolutely immune from anything of the nature of pimples, acne, and incapable of infection. Sunshine is the finest cosmetic. Skin, well-pigmented in response to sun-bathing, becomes firm and strong, but at the same time delicate and soft. Followed, by a filling out of the exposed skin and a smoothing away of wrinkles results from sunbathing. Increased beauty is the outcome.”
This renegade advice is in Sunlight and Health, written by an English physician in 1929. In contrast, today most doctors and dermatologists wax weary about ultra-violet hazards, while public health campaigns advocate for avoidance of the sun. They tell us to shun the sun and fear exposure from even short jaunts, like walking from the parking lot to the mall. While the sun remains the same, we sure have changed. In pursuit of healthy, beautiful skin, we now avoid the sun and inject fillers into faces, apply chemicals to acne, and spray on fake tans filled with DNA damaging dihydroxyacetone.
We have been lobbied into a loss of sunlight. It is true that our skin can be vulnerable to sunburn, and repeated sunburns can cause visible damage. Yet, our interaction with the sun need not be “all or none!” If we are wise, we can enjoy a healthy and happy relationship with our ancient friend, the sun.
Let’s consider the best protocols for wisely riding solar wavelengths.
Upon the altar of sunshine, what we ingest determines how our skin responds to sunlight
Skin cells must be strengthened and nourished internally with real food and water to receive the full blessing of interacting with the sun. Well-nourished skin responds better to sunlight, and sun-ripened food is more nutritious. We can create an internal SPF with an antioxidant-rich rainbow diet of sun-grown Super Power Foods, herbs, and luscious fats brimming with nutrients — all contributing to our internal sunscreen.
Summer is a great time to indulge in sun-ripened fruit, vegetables, and herbs that build an internal SPF. Take tomatoes, for example; researchers in the UK have demonstrated a 30% increase in sun protection after eating a tomato-rich diet. 16mg of lycopene, the red antioxidant found in tomatoes, seems to be the key. Other SPF foods include: watermelon, green tea, turmeric, red, green, and yellow peppers, and berries.
Also, save room for chocolate! Pure, unprocessed, and unadulterated chocolate has 4 times the amount of phenols and catechins as teas, and these compounds protect the skin against sunburn.
Many of the skin issues that are called “sun damage” are really the result of malnutrition. The recipe for wrinkles and dark spots is our current standard diet of processed food produced in the shadows of pesticides and factory farming. The transfats, plasticizers, bromide, formaldehyde, coal tar derivatives, colour and flavour additives, and fluoride, commonly found in processed foods create reactions in our bodies that trigger collagen breakdown, inflammation, age spots, and hyper-pigmentation. The rampant use of polyunsaturated-fatty-acids found in every processed food item impairs intercellular-communication, suppresses immune functions, damages our DNA, and on top of all of that, is linked to wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
This is the difference between cooking with PAM or coconut oil. Organic healthy fats and essential fatty acids, direly depleted in the North American diet, are really needed to amplify the benefits of the sun’s rays. Cold-water fish, meat and dairy from pasture-raised animals, and nuts, as well as coconut and olive oils are beautiful sources of dietary fats.
This has been Part 1 of the 3 part series on sunshine and your health.
Watch for Part 2 of Wise Interaction With The Sun coming soon. Please feel welcome to Subscribe to Natural Pure Body Care and you will receive email notification as soon as Parts 2 and 3 are published.
Watch this great video were Nadine shares more of her extensive knowledge: