For goodness sake girls, how on Earth have we managed to demonise the Sun?
Instead of getting ourselves outdoors to enjoy the summer sunshine, we’re spending more and more time indoors, staring at techno devices and TV screens. And at this time of year, we’re bombarded messages to run-from-the-sun, or slather on high factor sun-block to prevent any of the sun’s ‘demonic’ rays reaching our body and giving us cancer!
Sunshine is damn fine medicine!
Yes! Careful sun exposure is damn fine medicine! Over the millennia, we’ve evolved to live under the warmth of the sun. In fact, ancient cultures knew how to use the sun’s healing rays to heal all kinds of illness.
The ancient Greeks (remember Hippocrates, the ‘father’ of modern medicine?) harnessed the healing power of the sun in sunlight therapy called ‘heliosis’ – now known as heliotherapy.
In more recent times (pre-1945), this therapy was used to help sufferers of T.B. with patients laying outside in their hospital beds!
So what happened?
In fact, so great is our sun-phobia that we are experiencing an unprecedented pandemic of Vitamin D deficiency (a crucial hormone, made in the skin from the interaction of Ultra Violet (UV) light and cholesterol) bringing with it an alarming rise in many chronic diseases.
UV light just one of the sun’s frequencies; did you know that there are eight more: infra-red and seven additional spectrums of visible light – each with its own healing power?
Go girls, but go slowly!
So, this summer girls, don’t run-from-the-sun. Moderate exposure (optimally, 20 minutes a day, between the hours of 11am – 2pm) brings a whole bunch of benefits.
But be wise… build up your tolerance slowly, day-by-day. If you’re not used to the sun, then your skin will be more sensitive to it and you will burn if you over do it!
Patience is the key to building up the sun’s health and healing benefits. And, think twice before you slather on your favourite sunscreen – in the effort to protect yourself from the sun’s burning rays (and the dreaded ‘C’ word) you may be doing yourself much more harm than good.
What’s so hot about sunbathing?
#1: Sunlight and whole foods can send breast cancer into remission
The American physician Dr. Zane Kime used sunbathing and nutrition to cure his patients. Even in terminal cases, Dr. Kime was able to completely reverse the metastasized cancer.
In fact, the active form of Vitamin D (calcitriol) has been shown to block the growth of cancer tumours, encouraging cells to either adapt to their particular organ, or commit apoptosis (cell suicide). A major study on Vitamin D and cancer prevention found that women and men with higher UVB exposure, respectively had half the incidence of breast and prostate cancer as did those with lower UVB exposure.
Amazingly, researchers have also found that higher blood levels of Vitamin D actually protect against malignant melanoma – the most dangerous kind of skin cancer), thought to be caused by exposure to UV light!
#2: The sun’s light kills bad bacteria
The German solders after WWI used sunlight to disinfect and heal wounds after discoveries by Nobel Prize winner, Niels Finsen.
#3: Sunlight has a beneficial effect on skin disorders
Psoriasis, acne, eczema and fungal infections of the skin can all be improved with regular exposure to sunlight.
#4: Sunlight lowers cholesterol
The sun converts cholesterol in the blood into steroid hormones and our reproductive sex hormones. In the absence of sunlight, cholesterol rises.
#5: The sun’s rays lower blood pressure
Even a single exposure significantly lowers blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.
#6: Sunlight penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse the blood and blood vessels
European medical researchers have shown that symptoms in people with atherosclerosis (hardened arteries) improved with sun exposure.
#7: Sunlight increases oxygen content in human blood
And, it also enhances the body’s capacity to deliver oxygen to the tissues – just like exercise! The sun has a great effect on stamina, fitness and muscular development – it can even help us to live longer!
#8: Sunlight builds the immune system
The white blood cells (lymphocytes) that play a major role in defending the body against infections, increase with sun exposure.
#9: Regular sunlight exposure increases the growth and height of children
Studies have shown the amount of sun exposure in the first few months can influence how tall a person grows.
#10: Sunlight can cure depression
The noon sunshine can deliver 100,000 lux. When we sit in offices for the best part of the day, under neon and artificial lights (delivering around 150-600 lux), we are depriving our bodies of the sun’s huge physical and psychological health benefits. Sunlight deprivation can cause a condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression. It is more common in winter months, but also common in people who work long hours in office buildings.
#11: IT MAKES US FEEL SO. DAMN. GOOD!
Izabella works with busy, switched-on women who are tired of being tired, fighting overwhelm and struggling with fatigue and who want more ‘FEMMERGY’ more energy, more vitality and true health!
She is a food, health and lifestyle writer & coach and a qualified nutritional chef. Formerly a health research psychologist, she is a Certified GAPS (Digestive Healing) Practitioner. Her first book, ‘Once Upon a Cook – Food Wisdom, Better Living: The Wisdom & Science of Traditional Foods’ will be published in June 2017.
After battling a debilitating autoimmune disease with delicious food and simple lifestyle changes, Izabella turned back the clock and vowed to make the rest of her life the best of her life and help other women do the same.