So many of us have been taught to fear the sun – to avoid exposing our skin to its harmful rays.
But as it turns out, we might actually be making things worse!
Watch my video to find out why we need to stop being afraid of sunshine.
At [3:05] and [3:11] I say “blood cells” when in fact I mean “blood vessels”.
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I’m fascinated that as a society we’ve been taught to fear the sun when in fact that might not be such a great idea.
Hi, I’m Nikki from Choosing Differently and today I want to explain to you why being afraid of the sun might not be in your best interests.
So when I was growing up I learned along with everyone else to be afraid of the sun, always to cover up, put on a hat, wear lots of sunscreen and avoid getting burned as much as possible.
But I’ve been coming to understand that that’s not the whole picture and in fact that not getting enough sunshine can also cause some health issues.
So there are two really interesting studies I want to share with you.
One was a meta study, so it looked at a lot of different studies over time and found that there was a relationship between the amount of Vitamin D people got and the risk of cancer. And that in fact getting enough sunshine, and vitamin D, reduced the risk of cancer by up to half.
And the other study was one that showed an inverse relationship between where you live relative to the equator and the risk of cancer.
So the closer you live to the equator, the lower your risk of cancer, which is the opposite to what we’ve been told, because in this case the more sun people got, the lower their risk of developing a huge number of different cancers.
So there are four things that your body does when you go out into the sunshine.
Firstly, it produces vitamin D and that’s the one that we know most and that is probably the most significant when it comes to preventing and healing cancer.
But there are three other things that happen as well.
Another one is also that your body produces something called nitric oxide which helps to lower blood pressure.
It also responds by thickening your skin and producing more pigment so that your body gets more of the beneficial UVB rays and fewer of the harmful UVA rays.
And the fourth thing is that it produces natural endorphins which are your body’s mood-boosting drugs, so going out in the sunshine is a great way to boost your mood.
But I want to focus on Vitamin D because it has some amazing effects on cancer.
So firstly it actually encourages cells, cancerous cells that are mutated, to die, so it increases the death rate of cancerous cells.
It also discourages those cells from spreading around the body and creating cancer in other tissues.
It also encourages cancerous cells to do what is called differentiation.
So normally cells differentiate and have a specific form and function, like a liver cell is a liver cell, a heart muscle cell is a heart muscle cell and they don’t grow rapidly, so by encouraging cancer cells to differentiate they don’t grow as rapidly.
And the last one is that Vitamin D discourages the formation of new blood vessels.
So cancer cells are very hungry for nutrients especially glucose and to get enough food they encourage new blood vessels to grow to supply them with the nutrients they need but vitamin D discourages that.
So that’s four really cool things that vitamin D can do specifically to help prevent and heal cancer.
There are two ways to get more Vitamin D.
The first and obvious one is to go out in the sunshine more and there are various recommendations and it depends very much on where you live relative to the equator, what time of year it is, the colour of your skin, you know a few different things.
But the general recommendation is to get 15 to 30 minutes per day in summer of sunlight on your face and arms and longer in winter, maybe up to 45 minutes.
Of course if you can’t get out in the sun then you can also take a Vitamin D supplement.
In both cases you’re still getting those benefits of that Vitamin D.
So getting sunshine is one of the many ways that you can activate your body’s natural ability to heal and I’ve put together a list of ten simple things you can do right now to jumpstart your body’s natural ability to heal and I’ll put a link to that in the description of this video.
So I hope you found that video useful and that maybe it’s encouraged you to view sunlight as perhaps not something quite as hazardous as we’ve been led to believe.
And I would love to hear from you.
What’s your relationship with the sun? Do you fear it? Do you embrace it?
And do you feel like maybe you might start changing your relationship with the sun now that you know what you know about the power of it to help you heal?
Catch my next video to continue activating your natural ability to heal.
Nikki H Stokes, The Truth Fairy
BSc (Hons) [Genetics], Grad Cert Comp, Prof Cert Astrology, Reiki Prac III, Six Sensory I, Matrix Energetics II