During this great time of year when families travel to the beach for vacation, kids frolic in the ocean, and all worries go away when relaxing on white sandy beaches, sun exposure and sun burn become a major issue that concerns parents and adults all over the world. Anxious thoughts of skin cancer surface and immediately the response is to lather up the sunscreen on your kids, families and friends. But is the sun really what is causing skin cancer? Or could it be the sunscreens, lack of vitamin D, and toxins from other skin care products.
When going out into the sun, it is important to understand that all life on Earth including human life would perish if it was not for the sun and the exposure to its rays that are so beneficial to your health. Just like it is for a tree to be exposed to sun for the duration of its life, it is just as important for us. So how do we protect our loved ones and ourselves from sunburn and potential damaging effects from prolonged sun exposure? First, getting 15-30 minutes of sun exposure per day on at least 60% of your body exposed to the sun allows your body to synthesize and make Vitamin D which numerous studies have shown to increase and maintain a healthy immune system, help create and maintain healthy bones and teeth, create and balance out hormone levels, and to prevent many diseases. A study of nearly 100,000 people from the Health Sciences Research Institute in the United Kingdom stated that there was a “43% reduction in cardio metabolic disorders” which include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome which increases your risk for these diseases simultaneously. 1
Second, the use of light long sleeve shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses should be used for sun protection once the desired exposure to the sun is met or when the skin turns a light pink color. Cotton clothing provides about SPF 15, in other words, you will get about fifteen times your skin’s normal protection from the sun wherever you cover your body with clothing. Just remember that even with protective clothing on your body, it’s still important to monitor your skin for the telltale signs of burning. Natural sunscreen should really be used as a last resort alternative to the toxic chemicals found in most conventional, brand name sunscreens. This list of toxic chemicals includes but is not limited to avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, octinoxate, benzophenone, benzophenone-3, diethanolamine, triethanolamine, and many parabens that begin with the prefixes –butyl-, -methyl-, -ethyl-, and –propyl-.
Lastly, if you apply sunscreen to your skin remember you want at least 15-30 minutes of exposure to the sun first before you apply any sunscreen to your skin to get the benefits from vitamin D synthesis which prevents disease. When sunscreen is applied, make sure it has all or some of the following to nourish your skin: Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Sunflower oil, Shea butter, Vitamins D and E, Eucalyptus oil.
To see if your sunscreens are safe and to see what risk each one has, go to the Environmental Working Group’s page to select and assess the safest options for you and your family. To learn more and to keep you and your family at your healthiest, do the following:
1. Remove subluxation from the spine and nervous system with regular, structural corrective Chiropractic care and boost your body’s natural immunity to fight off disease and for the brain to communicate with every cell, tissue, and organ closer to 100% every day. If you do not get adjusted regularly or do not have a Chiropractor now and want to save your life and your family’s life.
2. Reduce or eliminate your processed food, sugar and grain carbohydrate intake. This is even true for whole unprocessed organic grains, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive your insulin and leptin levels up. Also avoid pasteurized dairy and artificial sweeteners like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup as these are excitotoxins that increase sensitivity to pain.
3. Normalize your vitamin D levels by getting plenty of sunlight exposure and consider careful supplementation when this is not possible with Standard Process Vitamin D3. If you take oral vitamin D, it would be very prudent to monitor your vitamin D blood levels regularly to avoid reaching toxic levels. Use sunscreen as a last resort if you are going to be in the sun a prolonged period of time.
4. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution. Decrease further toxicities in the body by buying meats and dairy organic/raw if possible, and using paraben/sulfate free bath and personal care products. To boost Glutathione levels in the body, this detox is essential especially if pain medication is a mainstay for your pain treatment.
Call Dr Mathew Ulloms BSc DC a Chiropractor in Fort Collins located at 220 W Prospect Rd Ste D Fort Collins CO 80526 or call for your Appointment at 970-491-9191 or 970-224-4852.
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