So, I’m gonna be a little controversial today. I’m gonna talk about that beautiful thing in the sky that we don’t often see, called The Sun. The other day I had to bite my tongue over a post made about whether the parent should put sun cream on their child before school. Now, don’t get me wrong, before you all gasp and say I’m a bad parent, of course I’m not going to say here that you should not protect your kids from hours of sun exposure. But, I’m here to put a bit of perspective on it. Since Winter, ask yourself, how much sun have you seen? How much sun has your kid seen? Unless you are fortunate enough to get to go to sunnier climates during the winter months usually the answer will be very little sunlight. I know, I know we are told that the sun is bad for us, and it will give us cancer and and and. But actually the Sun has some really wonderful benefits. I’m going to share with you.
Before I do, you would have all heard Vitamin D Deficiency. Something many of us probably suffer from. It has many negative symptoms, funnily enough many which mimic fibromyalgia symptoms. Aches and pains, lethargy, poor mood. When I was tested to see if I had any vitamin D in my body during my diagnosis process, I had next to none, the rheumatologist prescribed 20,000ug three times a week, for 8 weeks to get my levels up! It did help reduce some of my fibro symptoms. But aside from the fibro thing, we need Vitamin D for many physiological processes.
What is the Sun good for? OK so we’ve established it gives us Vitamin D but what does that actually mean, well at least 1000 genes that control every tissue in our body is linked to being regulated by vitamin D3. Vitamin D is produced by the skin’s response to UV radiation.
Research has been done over a 12 month period on children who were admitted into hospital, they had Vitamin D screenings. 2 out of 5 of the children were seen to have a deficiency which was linked to severe illness and a prolonged period in hospital. A healthy amount of vitamin D promotes good bones, prevention of cancers such as breast and colon, inflammation, MS, seasonal disorders and depression.
Having some sun, and thus getting some Vitamin D lowers blood pressure,
it actually protects us from melanoma (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19155143), it enhances our moods (I mean you can just see that everywhere anyway, not sure we need research for that, but here it is (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12480364), gives us a better night sleep. And much much more.
So, the reason I got irritated by the facebook post that I bit my lip with was, firstly we don’t see much sun, so the second it comes out we really don’t need to cover up straight away! Let our skin soak it up, enjoy it, savour it, it doesn’t come out often….. when I worked in the school, during the winter months I stood in front of these kids that looked, pale, almost grey, black rings around their eyes, snot running down their noses, bugs flying around.
Let me tell you, my son used to get tonsillitis all the time, he was put on antibiotics every time, then we went on our first summer holiday back in 2012 and bam he’s not had it since, and I put that down to sun exposure.
My other issue with people’s freak out with sun, is this……… we all go ape shit about leaving plastic water bottles in the car to heat up, and plastics leaching into the water, and killing us. But has no one ever wondered what putting a shed load of chemicals on your skin does and then heating it up in the sun on a very high temperature???? Surely that cannot be healthy!?!?! Below is a list of chemicals found in sunscreen and its appearance in the blood stream
More natural Sunscreens
http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1005303-30-safest-sunscreens-3-avoid/ (not the images above)
The link above shows there are more natural options out there, they might be more expensive and based in America but with modern technology I’m sure you can find it here, but you can’t put a price on your health nor your child’s. So if you want to smother yourself and your kids with “protection” filled with chemicals because you think the sun is going to damage you, go head. But seriously, for the few moments they are in the sun, give yourself a change to bathe in the wonder that is The Sun!
Step off my high horse and breath!