EXCESS sun is your enemy.
Stop being afraid of the damn sun!
I am convinced that one of the reasons that my health has been generally good most of my life is my huge affinity for being outside wearing as few clothes as possible. No lie. Call me crazy, but I believe one of the major contributing factors to the downward spiral of America’s health is a Vitamin D deficiency.
Decades ago when the whole ozone scare arose and they started putting sunscreen in EVERYTHING, we as a culture, stopped getting what we NEEDED from the sun. Now, sunscreen is advertised as pretty much being in everything you might put on your skin from make up and moisturizer to clothes. It makes me crazy. There are actually people who believe that skin cancer is coming not from the sun but the crap we put on our skin. That’s right. Slathering on sunscreen chemicals and sitting in the sun for hours on end could have an adverse effect on your health, just baking all that bad crap into your hot and open pores. Blech.
Now I’m not suggesting you go out in the sun for hours on end and not protect yourself. No ma’am. What I am suggesting is that you also consider protecting yourself with clothes or an umbrella. You can be outside and still not be IN the sun the whole time. Be prudent. If you are spending an entire day outside say at a festival, fishing, or the like, then by all means, find a good quality sunscreen, preferably with mostly zinc oxide, and cover up. Because a sunburn is really never ever good for you. But you DON’T have to cover up with sunscreen every time you leave the house. And it doesn’t have to be in all your skin care products. THAT’s ridiculous.
What I am suggesting is that you need to knowingly get out in the sun WITHOUT sun protection for about 15–20 minutes a day (arms and face exposed to the sun is sufficient for good uptake). Why? Because your body was DESIGNED to take Vitamin D this way. Stop trying to pop a pill when the weather is good. Get you butt outside.
So let’s just think when would be a good time to get that sun? Hmmmmm. Hel-lo!! Lunch. Grab a friend and your lunch and head outside. The benefit you’ll get from the sun is great. The benefits you’ll get from being out of the office and spending time with a co-worker – priceless.