How To Optimize Your Vitamin D3 Levels with Safe Sun Exposure
Is your sunscreen making you sick?
How is the Sun, Sunscreen, your Health and Vitamin D3 Related?
How does this tie into your health? Vitamin D3 deficiency is extremely common and is imperative to a variety of functions in the body. We need to expose our skin to the UVB rays in order for our body to synthesize Vitamin D3. When we are blocking the UVB rays and allowing the UVA rays through, we are damaging our skin and health, while also taking away the ability to create Vitamin D3- a substance that could naturally help us balance that damage.
What is so scary about sunscreen then?
Imagine the people that have been putting toxic sunscreen on their skin every time they go out. Not only are they preventing their bodies from creating Vitamin D3, but they are absorbing toxic chemicals.
Think of the skin as a sponge. We absorb what we expose our skin to! Be smart about what you put on your skin.
In summary, most sunscreens:
- Block UVB rays, therefore inhibiting Vitamin D3 production
- Contain toxic chemicals that are known hormone disruptors and carcinogens
The alternative to sunscreen: Safe Sun Exposure
Safe sun exposure means making sure you:
- Expose yourself to the sun when the ratio of UVA and UVB rays is at its most optimal level. This is when the sun is directly overhead, generally around the middle of the day (I know... the opposite of what you have been told growing up, but hey, people also thought smoking was good for you).
- Expose yourself in gradual intervals to the sun to prevent burning. Start out with a few minutes a day in the spring during your lunch time!
- Cover up or go to the shade before you begin to burn. Go buy a giant floppy sun hat and light long sleeve shirt!
- Don't shower within 45 minutes of being out in the optimal sunlight- this gives your body a chance for the photons in the UVB rays to combine with the cholesterol molecules in our skin to start the Vitamin D3 synthesis process.
- Make sure your fatty acid levels are sufficient. Unfortunately- fatty acid deficiency is epidemic in America. All those low fat, trans fat and rancid vegetable oil products have damaged our cell membranes significantly. If you burn easily, you most likely have a deficiency caused by poor quality fats in your diet or poor absorption of good ones. Fatty acid sufficiency is critical for good health. Message me immediately if you think you have a problem with this!
- Use a safe sunscreen for times that you cannot go into the shade or cover up. Look for sunscreens that use zinc oxide, and organic/natural ingredients. My favorite brand (it also happens to be local to New Englanders), is Badger Sport Sunscreen. You can find a list of safe sunscreens here. I don't get paid by them, I swear... although, I have recommended this product so many times they should really start paying me.