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The Sun is Your Friend!

The Sun is Your Friend!

Sunday, January 1st 2006

Critics now accept the sun as your healthiest form of vitamin D. Evidence continues to mount in support of the obvious link between vitamin D and getting the right amount of sunshine so the body can naturally produce it.

The beneficial effects that vitamin D can provide are nothing short of amazing. So much so that optimizing your sun exposure and secondarily the levels of vitamin D in your body may, indeed, be one of the most crucial steps you can take in support of your long-term health.

In fact, the concept questions the longstanding conventional belief that people need to coat themselves with sunscreen whenever they're in the sun.

Vitamin D is called the "sunshine vitamin" because the skin produces it from ultraviolet rays. Researchers believe slapping on sunscreen may actually contribute to far more cancer deaths than it prevents as doing so blocks this vital vitamin production.

Thus, while dermatologist and health agencies have long touted that such lotions are needed to prevent skin cancer, some scientists are now challenging that advice. Their main argument: Vitamin D is important for preventing and treating many types of cancer. Studies have found it helped protect against lymphoma, as well as cancers of the: prostate, lung, skin and colon.

One Harvard professor offered such compelling evidence in a recent study - vitamin D may prevent 30 deaths for each one caused by skin cancer - that the American Cancer Society is now reconsidering its own sun guidelines.

Many people struggle with getting enough vitamin D. Many scientists believe 15 minutes or so a few times a week of "safe sun" (void of sunscreen) is both achievable and healthful. However, the lack of consensus on how much vitamin D is needed, along with the optimal way to get it, still remains. Why? Because the amount needed would depend on, amoung other factors: season, skin color, time of day and the location a person lives in. Researchers are concerned that people - after hearing the health benefits of sunshine - may overdo it. USA Today May 21, 2005.

Please remember that, getting your vitamin D by exposing your body to the UV light from the sun is the best option. When doing so, however, there are two extremely important points to remember.

· Stay away from tanning beds, as they increase your risk of cancer.
· Never stay in the sun long enough to burn your skin.

At the beginning of the season, limit your exposure to perhaps as little as five to 10 minutes a day. Progressively increase your time in the sun so that in a few weeks, your will be able to have normal sun exposure with little risk of skin cancer.

Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Skin Health :

Aloe Vera Mist
AKN Skincare
Collagen & Keratin Capsules
Certified Organic Argan oil
Divine Face Oil
Emu Oil 100% Pure
Essentia - Kool Skin
Inner Health Plus
Sunshine Vitamin D3 + Vitamin K2
Liquid Vitamin E
Nourishing Body Lotion
Skin Care Pack

Related health information can be found here:

Colostrum, a universal healer with immune boosting properties
Efamarine for healthy skin, hair and nails
Liver cleansing herbs
Skin Health
Thisilyn for liver support
Ulcers - Skin
Vitamin C is essential for fighting infections, wound healing and coping with stress
Water, the elixir of life

Related articles can be found here:

Benefits of MSM for Injuries and Skin
Detoxify & Rejuvenate - Thisilyn Cleanse
Efamol: Making Skin Look Younger
New Zealanders need Zinc
Silica - anti aging mineral
Trilogy Rosehip Oil - why it's just so good for the skin

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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