• How to choose the right sunscreen and the importance of Vitamin D.

    How to choose the right sunscreen and the importance of Vitamin D.

    Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

    With summer approaching comes more exposure to the sun. Choosing the right sunscreen is essential. It is important to get Vitamin D from the sun. The sun takes cholesterol from the skin and after a few conversions will manufacture Vitamin D.

    Vitamin D is often called the sunshine Vitamin. It is actually not a vitamin but a steroid hormone that is obtained from either exposure to the sun, food, or supplementation. When levels are low it is usually easy to get them back up.Vitamin D

    Almost every cell in the body has Vitamin D receptors meaning that almost every cell needs Vitamin D.  This includes your brain as well as your bone cells.

    Unfortunately the so called “experts” fail to realize that Vitamin D deficiency raises your chance of skin cancer.   Low Vitamin D increases your chance of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, prostate and breast cancer.

    There are over 32,000 scientific studies showing the benefit of Vitamin D which shows the benefits of sun exposure.

    The risk for skin cancer is not normal exposure of the sun to the skin but over exposure. It is always important to not sunburn but get sun slowly and build up your time in the sun.

    What’s in your sunscreen?

    The problem with sun screen is coming more to the forefront. Chemical sunscreen has been shown to increase the risk of cancer. Oxybenzone is present in approximately 70 percent of skin care. It has been shown to come off the skin of beachgoers and kill horseshoe crabs. It is toxic to humans. Some manufactures have changed from Oxybenzone to Avobenzone, but this does not appear to be a safer choice.

    Some other chemicals that can get into you bloodstream through the skin are listed below. These chemicals can be found in other things that are put on the skin. This list is not all inclusive of all harmful chemicals.

    • Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC)
    • Octyl salicyclate
    • Octisalate
    • Octocrylene
    • Homosalate
    • Parabens
    • Cinoxate
    • Octinoxate
    • Dioxybenzone
    • Phenylbenzimidazole
    • Menthyl anthranilate as well as many others.

    Parabens have been shown by a study in the UK to be present in in 95 percent of malignant breast tissue.

    Spray on sunscreens can also cause problems. The FDA expresses concerns over inhaling these products, often these are with children. They issued a warning to parents to avoid spray on products.  Titanium dioxide and Zinc Oxide are considered to be the safest in sunscreen if applied to the skin. But if inhaled they this is a different story. They can irritate the lung tissue and the finer particles create worse effects. Additionally, Titanium Dioxide is classified as a carcinogen.

    Measure your Vitamin D.

    It is always good to measure your Vitamin D levels. I like to see levels to be at least 40. Vitamin D that is too high in the blood stream can cause headaches which are most often not diagnosed. If being out in the sun causes headaches, this is quite possibly the problem.  Nutritional support to drive the Vitamin D to the skin and soft tissues can be the answer to these headaches. If one is taking Vitamin D supplements and getting sufficient sun and the levels are not rising then there is usually a problem converting the Vitamin D in the Liver. Proper Liver support usually allows the Vitamin D levels to increase in those cases as the Liver converts the D and moves it to the kidneys. It ends up going to the gut and to where the body needs it.

    Avoiding the sun according to a Swedish study can be as risky as smoking.

    If you use sunscreen be aware, Watch the chemicals that cause problems Among the worst chemicals are oxybenzone, Retinyl palmitate and fragrances. Fragrances are normally very bad for your health and are in many products applied to the skin. They are rated 8 out of 10 on the Environmental Working Group website.

    If you are going to use sunscreen first get some sun. Screens with zinc oxide that are lotions or creams are the safest. The next best bet is those with titanium oxide. But make sure the product does not contain nanoparticles.  This does not include sprays with the same ingredients as mentioned above.

    A few tips are:

    Always consume a lot of fruits and vegetables.

    When in the sun extended periods try to get in the shade. You only need so much sun.

    Also shield your face from the sun.

    Always remember the skin is no different than the rest of the body. True healing always comes from within. Diet and exercise are essential. Proper supplementation is a big help.

    Last year I went to a dermatologist. I had a lesion on my arm. I was pretty sure it was nothing but decided to check it out any way. The dermatologist quickly told me it was nothing, but she wanted to check all of my skin. She looked over my entire skin and said “what sunscreen do you use.” I said “I have never put sunscreen on in my life.”  She then said you are 57 and have absolutely no sun damage at all expressing her surprise.  Remember, I trained for years in the sun. I have done approximately 200 triathlons, worked when I was young in the sun and spend time in the sun constantly. But the reason my skin had no damage is diet and whole food supplements on the inside effecting my skin on the outside. It always pays to take care of yourself. This is why for years my slogan is, “Reclaim your health, Reclaim your Life.” It is never too late to get on the right road to health.

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