Without the light of the sun, life would be impossible on planet earth. Next to its functionality, we can enjoy the beautiful golden beams of light, giving us warmth and comfort. Not only does the sun make us feel better and more joyful, but it also gives us more vitality.Less tangible is its formation of vitamin D, an important source of energy necessary for our well-being, which can only be produced by the radiation of UVB. Less tangible is its formation of vitamin D, an important source of energy necessary for our well-being, which can only be produced by the radiation of UVB.
Vitamin D3 plays an important part in the strength of our bones and the working of our muscle functions. Particularly for children, vitamin D3 reduces the development of asthma and allergies. Furthermore, there is a strong indication that vitamin D3 plays a significant role in the maintenance of our immune system. There have been links made, between the lack of vitamin D3 and the development of type 1 diabetes, heart disease, depression and the emergence of prostate-, breast- and colon cancer.
9 Vital Reasons of the essence of vitamin D
- Skip Cold and Flue Season
- Avoid Colon Cancer
- Protect against Breast Cancer
- Reduce Dementia Risk
- Improve Blood Pressure
- Lower Heart Attack Risk
- Protect Vision
- Reduce Back Pain
- Feeling Better and Happier
The best way to absorb the needed vitamin D is to expose yourself to the sun for about 15 to 30 minutes a day. Unprotected, with at least your face, hands and arms uncovered! People with darker skin may increase this time, because of the pigmentation of their skin. If you like to stay longer, it is recommended to avoid the sun between 12.00 PM and 4.00 PM. Be aware that because of daylight saving during summer the sun reaches it highest point at 1.00 PM instead of 12.00 PM.
The Sun is our best friend, as long as we do not get sunburned, which makes our skin age faster. It is important to find a healthy balance between getting enough natural sunlight to maximise the vitamin D3 production and maintain optimal health. At the same time, vitamin D3 protects us from sun damage that occurs from overexposure.
Overexposure increases the risk of skin cancer. Be sensible and cover your skin on time or use the shadow of the sun. Another way to protect yourself from sunburn is to drink sufficient water, eat green veggies and plenty of fresh fruit. Nutrient in general offers us natural protection.
Foods which prevent sunburn
Beta-carotene: Sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and yellow/orange veggies.
Flavonoids: Citrus, especially citrus peel.
Lycopene: Tomatoes(!), watermelon, grapefruit, papaya, red cabbage.
Lutein: Most green veggies, peas, brussels sprouts, zucchini, broccoli.
Proanthocyanidins: Cacao, grape seeds.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is great for helping kill off free radicals that our body produces in response to the cellular damaged caused by exposure to sunlight.
Other foods that may offer protection against sun damage and reduce the risk of skin cancer are olive oil, omega 3 fatty acids and nuts and seeds due to their vitamin E.
It is strongly recommended to take vitamin D3 supplements during wintertime or when you are not in a position to be out in the sun regularly. The amount of vitamin D in our food is very limited and not sufficient. I’ve been taking the supplements for many years now. Next to skipping colds and flues, I have discovered that it also protects me against sunburn.
Nowadays, a deficiency of vitamin D3 is becoming an epidemic. Not that you’ll hear about it from the WHO, but this fact is well known to health scientists. Ironically, a deficiency of vitamin D3 leads to an aggressive form of skin cancer.
In 2011, a groundbreaking study was published in the journal ‘Cancer Prevention Research’. This research shows that an optimal level of vitamin D in the blood gives protection against sunburn and skin cancer.
Sunscreen Causes Skin Cancer
The well known ‘protectors against sunburn’ have become rather suspicious. It turns out that the ingredients often do not have the health and beauty quality they claim it to be. When you consider that your skin is your largest organ, you realise that your sunscreen lotion is absorbed throughout your whole body.
Researchers point out that the solar filters do more harm than good, as they take away the positive power of the sun and vitamin D! Also, these creams and lotions contain a whole range of chemical substances, which were not intended to be taken up by our body.
Enjoy the golden rays and benefits of the sun. Stay cautious and protect your skin for overexposure!
Used sources: Health Bytes and Wake Up World