Sunshine or Sunscreen?

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There’s a widespread notion that we must use lotion! But is it correct?

Apparently not! In fact, our constant vigilance against exposing our skin to natural sunlight has resulted, over time, in a Vitamin D deficiency of epidemic proportions. For adults, the estimate is at 50%, and for children, up to 70%.

Here’s the reason: “Vitamin D” is actually a steroid hormone that our bodies need and manufacture – but there are only two sources of it:

1) sunshine
2) supplements

That’s it! We cannot obtain this vital nutrient from food. We can and do make it by spending a few minutes each day in sunlight. Blocking that process with chemicals can be very counterproductive.

“But what about skin cancer?” say the horrified objectors. Good point. If, due to your internal body climate, skin cancer is a clear danger for you, extra precaution must be taken. For most of us, however, there are a few commonsense steps we can follow to maximize our benefit from this most essential nutrient.

Vitamin D (remember, it’s a hormone) controls the gene function that stimulates your immune system to attack and destroy viruses and bacteria. It is needed, therefore, to fight infections like the flu and colds. Higher levels of D are associated with lower incidence of breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers, as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Those who struggle with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue often feel tired and achy. This is a classic symptom of Vitamin D deficiency osteomalacia. Sunshine and a good calcium supplement are indicated.

Natural sunshine can best be utilized to make Vitamin D between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 pm. The guidelines are pretty simple:

1) Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat – our face is the most sensitive area to aging (which no one wants to happen, right?)

2) Expose arms, legs, back, to a gentle sunbathe, even while walking. Keep track of the time – never “fry” your skin. In extreme heat, keep it very brief.

In many regions, winter climate prohibits spending time in the sun for many months of the year. (We’re so lucky in California!) A good Vitamin D supplement will be your substitute, and it should include Vitamin K2 and calcium for the best balance and absorption.

For Vitamin D deficiency, your body may at first require both sources – the sunlight and an appropriate supplement. At Thropay Health Center, we offer an excellent product by Systemic Formulas, in either liquid or capsule form.

Call and speak to Susana if you have questions about this subject. Our number is (562) 928-5883.

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