Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Sun's Deadly Rays or Healthy Rays by Robert D. Franklin

One thing that disturbed me over the years was how so many health critics have tried portrayed sun exposure as "deadly rays". Like we as people should live in caves and never to see the light of day.

This is naturally ridiculous because it's the sun that is the provider of all life on earth. With no sun, the living things on earth would die.

Throughout the history of man, we have always spent more time outside than inside. But more recently, most of us are trapped inside offices all week long and may get out into sunlight once a week, if that.

Yes, we know the fact of overexposure to the sun could cause problems, including cancer... but we need to also consider the fact that underexposure to the sun can have problems as well.

Here are some things to take into consideration:

1. Non-consistent sun exposure and infrequent SUNBURNS is the major cause of damage to the skin and increased risk of cancer. This is where the damage occurs.

2. Regular small amounts of exposure to the sun (without burning) can actually have a protective effect on the skin, increases healthful Vitamin D levels in the body, and can improve mood, help depression, and dozens of other health benefits. Each individual's skin pigmentation determines what amount of sun exposure they can safely obtain.

3. Increasing Vitamin D levels from regular small doses of sunshine can actually decrease cancer risk. Vitamin D itself seems to have a protective effect through various processes in the body.

4. Vitamin D is actually produced into a hormone in our bodies and regulates hundreds of processes in the body, and is much more important to almost every single aspect of your health than most people realize. There is even evidence that due to the regulation of so many hormonal processes in our bodies that can be affected by Vitamin D, producing enough Vitamin D in your body can even help with fat loss, muscle building, blood sugar control, and hundreds of other factors.

5. It is hard to obtain enough Vitamin D from dietary sources alone (egg yolks, organ meats, and fatty fish are good sources, but still relatively small). The best utilized source of Vitamin D is what we produce in our bodies from moderate regular sun exposure without burning.

6. An antioxidant-rich diet can help to protect the skin (to an extent) from damage if you get too much sun exposure. This means that getting lots of antioxidants from things such as various teas (green, black, white, rooibos, yerba mate, chamomile, etc), various berries, fruits, vegetables, beta carotene, nuts, olive oil, etc, etc can help to protect your skin. Make sure to pick up some Prograde Longevity - a super high ORAC antioxidant blend that I helped to design.

7. Another point that proves that irregular burning is the major cause of damage and not regular small doses of sunshine... Rates of skin cancer are typically higher in areas of the body that get irregular sun and occasional burning as opposed to areas of the body that have received consistent sun for your entire life.

8. Some studies over the last few years indicated skin caner rates are higher among indoor office workers compared to outdoor workers. Basically, it supports the conclusion that being underexposed to sunlight most of the time (like in an office all week) and then getting infrequent overexposure to the sun is a lot more problematic compared to an outdoor worker that gets regular daily sun exposure.

9. Think about this issue in terms of common sense -- Don't you feel much better and more energetic when you've stayed out in the sun for 10 or 15 minutes in a day rather than being stuck inside all day?