April 10, 2009

How to spend more time
in the sun without sunscreen

Spring is here and you're probably itching to get out into the sun. As you may know, the sun is an essential nutrient. It provides you with vitamin D, which is vital for good health. But sun worshippers can overdo it. Spending too much time in the sun can lead to sunburn.

Most people resort to sunscreens. But these have problems of their own. They're filled with toxins and can cause skin problems for some people. Wouldn't it be great to spend more time in the sun without sunscreens or sunburns? Well, there is a way....

I've noticed since I came to California that I can tolerate much longer periods in the sun without getting burned. In fact, in my summer trek in the Grand Canyon last summer, I used virtually no sunscreen and did not burn. One reason might be all the beta carotene, as well as other phytonutrients, I eat in my veggie-based diet. And now, a study confirms what I've experienced.

Researchers searched through a mound of published data on beta carotene. They found that supplemental beta carotene, in doses from 15-189 mg daily, offers protection. But you must be consistent and take it for 10 weeks to get the benefit.

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Even better, you can significantly improve the protection. All you have to do is take it for a longer period of time. For every additional month you take it, supplemental beta carotene greatly improves its protection.

These findings make sense. In low latitude areas, where the sun is high, nature provides what you need from the environment. That includes lots of fruit and veggies.

Don't be scared of the sun. You need it for vitamin D. But eat right and you'll be better able to enjoy this essential nutrient with very few problems.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

Ref: Photochem Photobiol, 2008; 84(2).

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