Why nutrition equals safe sun.

It’s amazing. Before the 1930s skin cancer was a non-entity unlike today where melanoma is up nearly 2000%. Yet, back in the day approximately 75% of the workforce held jobs that kept them outside during the day, while today that number is only around 10%.

Why? Because before “safe sun” lotions and potions, nature was the skin’s miracle worker.

For some time, we’ve learned to avoid the sun and/or lather up with the highest SPF we can find—but is that good advice?

The Sunshine Vitamin

At least 75 percent of our body’s vitamin D supply is made when a type of cholesterol in the skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. When you hide from the sun, you’re much more likely to become deficient in vitamin D, appropriately known as “the sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and bone mineralization—a deficiency that causes rickets (bowing of the legs and stunted growth) in children, and osteomalacia (a condition known as “soft bones”) in adults.

Optimal sunlight exposure depends on many factors, including an individual’s genetic heritage. Darker skinned people require more sunlight exposure than those with lighter skin to synthesize the same amount of vitamin D. This fact alone demonstrates why a “one-size-fits-all” sun exposure prescription just will not work for everyone.

Being out in the sun for at least 30 minutes while wearing sunscreen will not prevent vitamin D deficiency. Since sunscreen absorbs the ultraviolet rays that are needed for our bodies to synthesize vitamin D, constant sunscreen use has been found to decrease vitamin D levels in the blood.

Sunscreen Security

On the other hand, people tend to stay out in the sun for much longer periods of time while wearing sunscreen than they otherwise would, believing they’re fully protected from the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens absorb UVE radiation, but not all prevent UVA light—which penetrates the farthest into the skin and is involved in the formation of melanoma. UVA light suppresses the immune system, specifically causing a loss of Langerhan’s cells, which are designed to keep the skin healthy and protect it from free-radical damage, bacteria, and other pathogens.

So, while sunscreens do prevent burning and protect against the formation of actinic keratosis—believed to be a precursor of one type of skin cancer—they haven’t been proven to protect against melanoma or basal cell carcinoma—the most prominent forms.

Nutritionally Sun Safe

To stay safe in the sun without spreading toxic chemicals over your skin, protect yourself—and your loved ones—from the inside out.

For real sunscreen savvy, use a daily scoop of UNI KEY’s Daily Greens in your morning smoothie. This product is loaded with sun smart nutrition—especially organic barley grass—which has the ability to repair DNA at twice the normal speed to protect your skin from sun “burn.”

The bio-available form of folate used in Daily Greens is instantly absorbed immediately providing thousands of living enzymes at the cellular level for repair and restoration.

In addition, it contains every single one of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need on a daily basis including a vegan source of B12 with five times the amount of iron as spinach and ten times more calcium than a glass of milk.

Daily Greens is comprised of 10 other organic non-GMO all-star greens that are energy boosting, detoxifying, and immune-building.

More Healthy Habits

Of course, it’s also critical that you carefully monitor the amount of time that you spend in the sun. Hats, sunglasses and light scarves are wise when dining out on a beautiful patio or taking a leisurely summer walk.

If you must be out in the sun for long periods of time, the only really “safe” sunscreen available is the zinc cream that is sold in pharmacies and is used as a topical application for skin irritations, dermatitis, redness, and baby’s bottoms. This sunscreen will remind you of the old-fashioned zinc oxide sunblocks back in the day before nano-particles made the zinc oxide invisible to the naked eye but delivered it deeper into the skin’s structure. The use, however, of this physical sunscreen will prevent the body’s production of Vitamin D.

Now, all that’s left to do is safely soak up the summer rays.

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