Traditional Feng Shui is all about learning how to live in harmony with our natural surroundings. Feng Shui pays close attention to lunar and solar cycles, our initial calendars — and how the moon and sun affect us. The Chinese link sunlight to masculine, yang action and we know that vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is manufactured in the skin and processed in the body such as a steroid hormone — increasing muscular strength and energy.
Both athletes and body builders understand and utilize this knowledge. We rise when the sun rises, stimulated by its own light. We consume stimulating positive ions from the sun – and absorb healing negative ions from the ground once we go barefoot. The Sun is a crucial source of life and works together with the Earth for our natural wellbeing.
As a Feng Shui consultant and licensed esthetician, I was especially curious about the results of the study of sunlight, and how it affects our health. Our bodies have evolved over thousands of years to accommodate and benefit from our natural surroundings.
Plants have learned to create their own food from sunlight. As human beings, our bodies also produce essential nutrients in our skin, such as vitamin D, D3-sulfate (anti inflammatory ), and nitric oxide (lowers blood pressure) that help us remain vital and healthy. Light into the eyes, particularly the blue wavelength, is important for maintaining normal sleep (circadian) cycles.
Bright morning light is particularly helpful and has been proven to be effective against insomnia, PMS and depression. Even as the sun energizes us, prolonged exposure to UV radiation can lead to health problems for the skin, eyes and immune system.
But little amounts of UVB rays are absolutely secure, and essential for optimum health. Without the benefits of vitamin D our bones become tender, and it is recognized. Vitamin D acts as a hormone in the body increasing endorphins, serotonin, (mood enhancer), melatonin, and obviously alleviates depression. But there’s an epidemic deficiency in vitamin D levels now, and it is a worldwide health issue.
What is not so well known is that the deficiency of vitamin D is indicated in a lot of disorders, and the record is shocking: heart disease, hypertension, stroke, soft tissue cancers like breast, ovary, colon, and prostate, headaches, poor concentration, insomnia, low thyroid function, autism, PMS, night sweats, leg cramps, irritability, anxiety, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, autoimmune disorders, influenza, fibromyalgia, fatigue, nausea, nausea, irritable bowels, inflammation, muscle fatigue, obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, joint pain, rickets, osteoporosis, arthritis, gout, infertility, low libido, erectile dysfunction, periodontal disease, tooth decay, psoriasis, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, bladder problems, multiple sclerosis and even schizophrenia.
There are 3,000 distinct genes that control each tissue in the body and all of them have vitamin D cell receptors. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to play a part in virtually every significant disease (Dr. Mercola). Blood tests can reveal a normal vitamin D level, but blood changes daily and your body can still be experiencing a deficiency. Recovery can be instantaneous when the deficiencies are corrected, and the skin is quite effective at producing what it needs fast, with appropriate exposure. A single sitting can create from 10,000 to 25,000 units in an adult man.
Overdosing on oral vitamin D supplements may occur since it’s an oil-soluble vitamin, but Vitamin D overdose is practically impossible when it’s done through natural sunlight exposure. UVA rays will interfere with some of the production, and the body is able to store any surplus in the liver. The body knows how to modulate the quantity of production naturally. The skin just makes vitamin D with UVB rays, and these beams are only available between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
There also should be oil in addition to the skin, (Adele Davis) though this information is seldom posted and has been demonstrated through clinical trials. Americans tend to shower daily and have a love affair with soap, stripping our skin of its natural oils. Our skins are too dry to manufacture the vitamin D we so desperately want. Then additionally, it requires the body 24-48 hrs. To re-absorb the vitamin D it’s produced.
Showering later only washes away those valuable nutrients. Skin cancer was very rare 100 years back and remains rare among particular populations. There’s virtually no skin cancer in Africa. If you think it’s simply their darker skin protecting themconsider this — African-Americans that reside in the US have very high rates of skin cancer! It’s very important to go outside to receive your beams since sunlight through a window doesn’t function as glass absorbs UVB rays, but enables the damaging UVA rays to pass through. It’s been suggested by researchers that moderate exposure (without sunscreen) is quite beneficial, averaging 5-30 minutes twice per week for optimal outcomes.
Keep in mind
Exposure is necessary on at least 40 percent of exposed bare fatty skin to produce all of the natural vitamin D your body needs. Because extra is stored in the liver, that’s the reason why cod liver oil, or fatty fish is among the best food sources of the vitamin. There aren’t many foods that provide this important nutrient, which makes the sun our main source. The degree of safe sun exposure remains hotly debated.
UVA is connected with cancer and wrinkles and penetrates deeper into the skin, possibly damaging DNA. UVB is the burning ray, but in quite moderate doses, it’s also the beam that produces the nitric oxide D. There are studies that UVA rays actually destroy vitamin D, so you need to minimize this vulnerability — but part of the interaction is to restrict the quantity of D that the body makes.
Modern researchers are changing their views concerning the hazards of UVA rays instead of UVB. WHO, the world health organization, judges equally beams to be potentially harmful, but just when over-exposed. The further north you go, the less UVB that’s available year round, so do your homework! In Los Angeles, (latitude 34 degrees), there’s UVB year round, but with a narrower hour range in winter. If you reside higher than 34Ë latitude (from the equator), there’s absolutely not any UVB during wintertime. Access to UVB also depends upon the angle of the beam (50Ë), elevation, the existence of water or snow, smog, ozone concentration, and cloud cover, so it’s variable.
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With all the bad press about sun exposure, when you stop to consider it, the notion that the sun is totally bad for us just does not make sense! Our species evolved under sunlight, in the tropics and with no homes or clothing that covered us from head to toe. The ozone layer and increased skin cancer rates in Australia could be connected, as an instance, but we aren’t completely certain of this. The skin cancer rates in Norway increased by 350 percent for men and 440 percent for girls during 1955-1984, but the ozone layer didn’t change during this interval (Professor Johan Moan, British Journal of Cancer). Skin cancer is more common in people who work indoors than outdoors, and it often forms on the body that gets the least sunlight exposure.
Few studies have shown that sunscreen actually prevents melanoma. Melanomas are greatest in those areas of the world where sunscreen usage is highest. A recent study showed that 97 percent of Americans are infected with benzoprene, a UV absorber widely utilized in sunscreens. It’s a potent free radical generator (The Center for Disease Control). We are in need of sunlight on our skins to remain healthy, and there’s a secure way to soak up sunrays. Cancer is more complex than supposing that the sun alone is doing the harm. Cancer usually grows in people with reduced liver and immune function.
Toxins and chemicals, pervasive in our modern way of life, attack and overwhelm our own bodies. Vitamin D may boost our immune system and enhance liver function, using liver Kupffer cells to gobble up free radicals or rogue cells. UVB rays have been shown to help protect against melanoma because of this. Allow your skin to produce the melanin it requires slowly initially, and protect yourself from overexposure. The objective isn’t to burn and you do not need to tan so as to get vitamin D. For those who get a good complexion, limit your first exposure to a couple of minutes, particularly the closer to noon, or if in the midst of summer. If it’s late or early in the season and you’ve got a darker complexion, then you can safely have 20 minutes on your first exposure.
The darker the skin, the longer the time that’s required to make vitamin D. Older skin loses some of its capacity to manufacture D. If you tan in any way, this means that you’re consuming UVA rays that darken the skin. UVB brings up melanin, but doesn’t tan. The skin around your face, hands and eyes is significantly thinner than other areas in your body and is a relatively small surface area so won’t contribute much to vitamin D production.
What to do?
Protect these delicate regions of the body as they are at a higher risk for premature wrinkling. It is possible to use a sunblock in these regions or put on a hat that shades your face and eyes. Pay attention to how your body feels. Usually it seems great that the first 10 minutes as anxiety melts away, and you’ll feel a point of comfort and deep release. Once you feel overly hot or uncomfortable, change positions or discontinue. If you’re deeply pigmented, it’s possible you might not even need to think about the time of your vulnerability.
But the objective isn’t to burn the skin, because this damage is cumulative. Should you burn, use aloe vera, since it’s packed with glyconutrients that accelerate recovery. To offer the needed oil, utilize natural olive or coconut oil to moisturize your skin as this may also help you metabolically. These oils have a SPF of about 7 or 8. The remainder of the day, you can spend in the shade, wear clothes, and, in the event that you still wish to be in the open sun, use a non-toxic lotion with SPF-15 for uncovered skin.
Coconut oil works by preventing free-radical reactions, which cause all of the problems in overexposure. As you “season” your skin gently, it is going to adjust to the sun with coconut oil as a protector. Most plant oils protect against UVB, the burning ray, but still enable the skin to generate vitamin D. Only get the minutes you need since there isn’t any protection against UVA with organic oils.
Native islanders have been using coconut oil for centuries, and considered that coconut oil onto the skin was a nutritional supplement. Coconut oil is anti-microbial, antifungal, antifungal and will detox the outer layers of skin. It’s a powerful anti-oxidant. As a sunscreen it blocks roughly 20 percent of burning UVB rays when implemented and protects skin in a number of other ways. Use it as a natural moisturizer and exfoliate regularly. Eating virgin coconut oil is also perfect for the health in several ways too.
Vitamin D may simply be absorbed into the bloodstream in the presence of fat, so fat-free diets decrease accessible vitamin D. Unpasteurized whole milk offers vitamin D naturally. Pasteurized milk frequently will have vitamin D added. I’ve analyzed this advice by taking my beach blanket into the park once a week for 10-15 minutes of sunlight, front and rear, (30 minutes maximum.) for 6 weeks. In that brief time period, my muscle power has skyrocketed, my chronic neck and shoulder pain has nearly vanished, and my energy level has skyrocketed! If you haven’t been in the sun for some time and are having some of the physical issues listed above, please try this test for yourself and see how you’re feeling. Be conscious of the remarkable free advantages that a small quantity of sunshine can do for your body and soul! Like all health regimes, if you have had skin cancer, or are sensitive to sunlight, it’s sensible to ask your personal medical practitioner. But it’s also important to ask questions that are necessary, and take a greater responsibility for your own wellbeing.