Are you getting enough sun?
The word is fear! Not everyone has a moon-tan and stays completely out of sunlight, but the ones that do, are more than likely trying to prevent something they’re afraid of! And with good reason, skin cancer is scary shit!
But keeping out of the Sun could very well be what is allowing cancer to grow! There are multiple health issues that come with not catching some rays regularly, but the most common would be insufficient Vitamin D.
What’s Vitamin D good for?
Well before I list the common benefits, I’d like to mention that statistically it’s been discovered that most cancer patients have are deficiency in Vitamin D. Not to mention, scientists are also discussing the potential effects Vitamin D has on weight loss (or in particular fat loss) goals.
That might get your attention.
Most people reading this blog are looking to better their body image, while most people avoiding sun are looking to dodge cancer – when they could be doing the opposite! Why?
The only way we can absorb Vitamin D naturally is through exposure to adequate sunlight!
Vitamin D plays a role in absorbing Calcium and Phosphorus, it helps to regulate your immune system, and can also boost brain function as we age, protect us from low levels of radiation and help prevent a number of diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, and (as I mentioned earlier) Cancer.
The sun emits different types of UV Rays. Some contribute to cancer, while others help our bodies manufacture Vitamin D. So one of the first things people do when venturing into the sun is slap on some sunscreen and head out…
Sunscreen blocks certain rays from being absorbed and prevents sunburn. But most sunscreens don’t block the cancer causing UV-A rays! Which means you soak for longer, you don’t get burned, but you allow more of the cancer developing radiation to wreak havoc within your body!
The UV-B Rays are the healthy rays.
UV-B rays are what our bodies need to produce Vitamin D. The only problem is it’s harder to soak them up! They are shorter than the cancerous UV-B rays so they don’t penetrate the skin as easily. Most UV-B rays will be at their strongest in the middle of the day, but you need direct expsoure.
Sunscreens and even windows can block these rays out, and invite the cancerous UV-B rays in! Not good.
Even with the UV-A rays helping to cause Cancer, there are a host of other problems feeding cancer within our bodies.
Everything from our diet to our environment (steer clear of using that microwave!) is making the fight harder for us, but not impossible. Sticking to healthy food, consuming cancer fighting food and drinks (like green tea) and keeping our pH levels slightly alkaline (scientists have discovered Cancer cannot survive in a completely alkaline environment) are ways to help combat and prevent cancer.
Most people in the world these days are blocking the good rays, eating shit, and have a pH level far from slightly alkaline and live in an acidic body – the perfect breeding ground for Cancer. No wonder it’s been more and more common in the last few decades!
My advice, don’t be like most people.
So how much Sun?
The recommended time to be out soakin’ up is roughly 20 minutes a day, 2 or more days a week. You can also increase your level of good UV-B ray absorption by getting out in the middle of the day.
Allow the sun to hit large skin surface areas like you back or midsection to really soak it up. No Suncscreen!
What if I can’t get in the sun enough?
Well if you’re like me, there are days when you don’t have time to soak up some rays (or you simply refuse to still), so there are ways you can supplement this Vitamin D (the sun in a pill!) by using (you guessed it!) Vitamin D tablets like Country Life Vitamin D or even better, use the Vitamin D from the The Primal Blueprint Essentials Kit by Mark Sisson.
Just remember that Cancer Isn’t luck of the draw, and you can never completely wipe away the risk, but you can drastically minimise it! Just stick to a healthy, active lifestyle and get outdoors every so often!