5 Reasons to Love the Sun
In our fear of cancer many of us have begun to avoid sun exposure entirely or slather ourselves and our kids with sunscreen. Experts are beginning to suspect some of our chronic conditions are caused by or exacerbated by this.
- One recent randomized trial — with those using and others not using sunscreen — showed by the end of the period there was no difference in the share of people diagnosed with skin cancer, though there was evidence of a smaller number of squamous cell tumors in those using sunscreen. In the case of melanoma, the more dangerous form of skin cancer, there’s NO data that tells us whether sunscreen works. (https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/is-sunscreen-a-lifesaver-or-a-poison/)
- Did you know the sun is critical for creating vitamin D3, a hormone necessary for a strong immune system and especially good at resisting tumor growth? Vitamin D can also be stored, so build up during the summer months to get your body through the winter. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3356951/)
- Did you know that exposure to the sun also creates nitric oxide, which helps maintain low blood (https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/07/15/sun-exposure.aspx).
- There is even evidence that exposure to sun light may help reduce obesity. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5086738/)
- One of the facts that is most contrary to what we’ve been told is this: construction workers have lower incidences of melanoma than office workers (https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jsc/2011/858425/). The reason is not fully understood, but it’s thought that chronic but moderate exposure is safer than brief intense exposure.
So the moral of the story is get enough — but not too much — sun. That means daily exposure is good, but burning isn’t.