Science Comes Clean About The Disadvantages Of Sunscreen Use
You may or may not have heard that chemicals in sunscreen cause cancer. While the debate on that issue continues, science knows one thing for sure: blocking the sun for fear of cancer has been proven not to be a disadvantage to health, according to new research.
Just As A Seed Rises Up To The Sun, So Do We
If you live in a region that has four seasons, you’ll notice your mood and health are more vibrant during the Spring and Summer months. Children also tend to have growth spurts during these seasons as well. This is due to the magnificent and miraculous effects of the sun.
The sun, via Vitamin D, has one of the greatest and most important healing effects on the human body. Sunshine affects every living thing – without the sun there is no life. Just like lack of sunshine withers plants, lack of sunlight can wither humans by negatively affecting weight, mood, gut health, cell reproduction, growth and overall health.
A recent clinical review published in The Journal of Osteopathic Association approximately one billion people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D from lack of sun exposure caused by sunscreen use.
“SPF 15 or greater decreases vitamin D3 production by 99 percent,” according to American Osteopathic Association says.
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association says people are staying inside too much and when they’re outside they’re dosing up on sunscreen due to fear of skin cancer.
According to research, the recommended levels of vitamin D exposure about "five to 30 minutes in midday sun twice per week, sans the sunscreen, according to the study, This equals about 6000 international units (IU) per day.
Vitamin D via sunlight plays a vital role in supporting immune function and reducing inflammation. Equally, vitamin D, absorbed from the sun or through food, helps with calcium absorption, and improves teeth and bone health, impacts cardiovascular health, respiratory health and some chronic diseases such as diabetes however, further study is needed.
Notably, Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets, and has been associated with early-life wheezing, reduced asthma control and allergies. Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with weight gain and increased body mass index. What is more, lack of Vitamin D can modify the effect of the gut’s intestinal microbiota on the immune system, according to other research. This means gut microbiota affected by lack of Vitamin D are potential common early-life exposures for asthma and obesity.
Darker Skin Means More Sunshine Exposure
Additionally, those with darker skin are more prone to deficiency since they have less melanin in their pigmentation, according to the study. They would likely need closer to thirty minutes full exposure in the sun versus five minutes depending on their location.
There Are Many Causes For Vitamin D Deficiency
Other causes for the global deficiency are in part dietary, and due to chronic illness. Conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, Crohn’s and celiac diseases prevent the body from absorbing vitamin D from food.
Most importantly, more and more people, especially children are spend less time in the sun due to excessive screen time. Computer, televisions, cell phones and video games are popular indoor entertainment.
Finally, environmental concerns such as smog and pollution are prevalent factors since these affect how much sunlight we get.
Expose Yourself To The Sun In Every Way You Can
The first way to increase Vitamin D levels is to make it a point of getting out into the sunshine every day or as much as you can. Do this often and as much as possible. If you’re working in an office all day, find the time to get outside during your lunch hour. Walking your dog is another terrific way to get outdoors and into the parks. When you’re at home opening shades and shutters incorporates plenty of sunlight into your living space.
While it’s unrealistic in our very busy lives, fifteen to twenty minutes of full body sun exposure daily is ideal to get sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. That being said, unless you work on an island in the Caribbean, this may not be possible. Just follow the recommendations above to work sunshine into your day as much possible.
Use Caution With Vitamin D Supplements
Understand the body knows the difference between natural Vitamin D and supplemented Vitamin D3. So if you decide to take Vitamin D supplements, be sure to have your doctor monitor your Vitamin D levels. Too much supplemented Vitamin D3 can become dangerously toxic.