There was an article at AchooAllergy.com recently that gave an overview of the 2008 meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunolgy. In a nutshell it said:
-Vitamin D is very important for health
-Vitamin D supplementation has several problems
-Vitamin D from the sun is the best for the body
Of course there is much to learn and it is important to note that vitamin D3 is the natural form of vitamin D that is produced by exposure to the sun. The synthetic ones are vitamin D2. Everything I read shows vitamin D to be such a powerhouse vitamin in overall health and the vast majority of people are deficient. Taking a vitamin D3 supplement is an ok idea but it can be easy to overdose. With the sun you never have to worry about overdosing as your body can regulate your vitamin D production. The only thing you have to worry about with the sun is burning your skin.
Most people need to ease into sun exposure. If you are fair skinned it would be best to start with 15-20 minutes a day and gradually work your way up. The need for caution is especially true for those who have less than favorable diets. Your skin cooks from the sun and it cooks much better in stable oils. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has been used for ages in protecting the skin.
From what standpoint do I say these things? Well, sure I say them from personal experience (I mean, this is my blog). I think I say them more from common sense though. God made the sun and it is good. Burning your skin is bad. Things you put on your skin are absorbed into your bloodstream. That’s why pain patches or nicotine patches work… cause they are absorbed through the skin… usually in a time released manner. So think about the ramifications of that. Do you want to eat your sunscreen? There are some pretty nasty ingredients in there. There is only one suncreen that I know of that I can recommend and it is only decent, it’s Aubrey Organics… I personally just use coconut oil.
The sun is not bad for you. Like everything, you should be careful depending on your body type and use moderation with regard to sun exposure. Whatever you do, don’t buy into the whole “avoid sun exposure – slather on sunscreen everytime you go out the door” mentality.
I am going to be doing a review in the next week of another product for your skin, body lotion. Sssso sssstay tuned.