My kindergarden was the seaside. Due to respiratory diseases I was not allowed to go school until I was 4 years old, so my beautiful and loving Mum would take me to the beach as she believed in the incredible healing power of the sun & the sea.
We are a generation scared of the sun and as a consequence we are also Vitamin D deficient. The sun is our primary source of vitamin D, an important vitamin that strengthens our bone health, helps balance our hormones, boosts our immune system and nourishes brain function.
Here are easy ways to protect yourself and get the sun’s benefits at the same time:
1. Suntan Suntime
Start with just a little time in the sun, expose your skin to it for short time frames of just a few minutes. This will allow your skin to gradually adjust rather than going from pasty white to lobster red.
It is also important to get your sunshine during off-peak hours: from 10am-4pm depending where you live.
2. Don't wash off the vitamin D
Until recently I did not know that Vitamin D is formed on the surface of your skin when it is exposed to UVB rays from the sun, but that vitamin D doesn't sink in right away — it can take up to 48 hours to absorb the majority of it.
I used to spend a lot of time in the shower scrubbing off the sunscreen, sweat and sand ... and sending all that lovely vitamin D down the drain.
These days I try to rinse my body in the shower with cold water and use a very gentle soap.
3. Eat your sunscreen
An antioxidant rich whole food diet will help your body fight the free radicals increased by UV radiation. Boost your consumption of foods like berries, leafy greens, walnuts, hemp seeds, black beans, bell peppers, carrots, green tea, raw cacao, garlic.
"Turn your face to the sun and let the shadows fall behind you"