How to Prevent Sunburn Naturally While Getting Enough Vitamin D

We’ve been trained by the media and advertisers that the sun is the enemy and that slathering our bodies in sunscreen and wearing sunglasses are necessary for leaving the house on a sunny day.

But spending some time in the sun every day is good for your physical and mental health according to Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy.

Most people fear sunburn and skin cancer, however studies show that the body is more adept to recover from a sunburn than to process all of the toxic chemicals in commercial sunscreens, and that skin cancer is more common in people who have limited sun exposure than those who don’t! In fact, many of the chemicals in most sunscreens are carcinogenic, which means that they are more likely to cause cancer than the sun!

Additionally, laboratory research has shown that vitamin D (the “sunshine vitamin”) can halt tumor growth by promoting the factors responsible for cell transformation in the body. According to Dr. Robert O. Young, “UBV exposure is alkalizing to the blood and tissues and thus helps to reduce dietary and metabolic acids that can cause acidic or cancerous lungs or skin.”

Dangers of vitamin D deficiency

The truth is that the sun is one of the most natural and healing substances in our universe. Without enough sun exposure we put ourselves at risk for vitamin D deficiency, which has been linked cardiovascular disease, bone loss, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, cancer, and depression. As many as 90% of Americans are considered to be vitamin D deficient!

According to Web MD, “Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis.”

Natural ways to prevent sunburn while getting enough vitamin D

-Stay hydrated by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water (preferably ionized alkaline water) daily.

-Moisturize regularly with coconut oil, which provides some natural sun protection.

-Aim to get 20 minutes of sun exposure without protection daily, but slowly work your way up to this number and never allow your skin to burn. Those with darker complexions will need closer to an hour of unprotected sun exposure to receive the same benefits.

-Because the body needs time to absorb the vitamin D generated on your skin, ideally you would wait 24-48 hours after direct sun exposure before scrubbing exposed areas of skin with soaps and body washes.

-Follow a healthy plant-based diet. Acidic foods lower your immunity and lead to mineral deficiency.

-Limit your use of sunglasses, because sunglasses actually trick our brains into thinking it’s darker outside and thus cause our bodies to lower our resistance to the sun, making us more susceptible to sunburn.

-Use a natural sunscreen free of toxic chemicals only after you’ve had proper sun exposure and you are going to be in the sun for extended periods of time.

-Avoid extended direct sun exposure between 11 am and 4 pm when the sun is at its brightest and cover up with hats and lightweight protective clothing.

Remember, the sun is not your enemy, but rather an essential and powerful healing tool when used safely and in moderation.

Top 3 Pieces of Beauty Advice You Should Rethink

Beauty magazines always seem to spout the same general pieces of advice over and over again. What they almost always fail to do is expand on their advice in a way that makes their little glimmers of wisdom truly helpful.

We’ve taken the top three pieces of advice we’ve seen recycled over and over again and expanded on them in a way that can help you take their basic, generic, age-old tip to new heights.

1. Their advice: Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day

Our advice: Drink ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer (a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily).

Not just any water will do. Granted, the magazines don’t want to tell you that bottled water is bad for you when SmartWater paid an astronomical amount of money to have a sexy Jennifer Aniston ad on the next page. And with all of the horrors of unfiltered tap water out there, they certainly can’t recommend basic old tap water either. Since no one is paying for water ionizer ads to grace their glossy pages, they’re certainly not going to sing the praises of ionized alkaline water just yet.

Regardless of the politics behind the mags non-disclosure, alkaline ionized water is the healthiest water on the planet. It contains more antioxidants than a glass of OJ, and is microclustered to hydrate and detoxify in a way that bottled and tap waters couldn’t dream of. It is full of bioavailable minerals, and has a pH level that promotes overall health and wellness.

2. Their advice: Wear sunblock to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer

Our advice: Wear natural mineral sunscreen

Commercial sunscreens are loaded with acidic chemicals and artifical ingredients which are known to generate free radicals, mimic estrogen, accumulate in fat body stores, and are now being linked to cancer.

All-natural mineral sunscreens are a pricey alternative to drugstore brands, but are not nearly as expensive as conventional skin cancer treatment!

3. Their advice: Wash your face in the morning and before bed

Our advice: Wash your face with ionized acidic water in the morning and before bed

Unless you are using a whole house filtration system which strips your water of chemicals like chlorine and reduces the pH of your water by also removing the alkaline minerals, the water that comes out of your bathroom faucet is federally regulated to be at least mildly alkaline and in most cases chlorinated.

The problem with this is that our skin thrives in an acidic environment of 5.5-6.0 pH in order to fight off bacteria, and our skin absorbs 60% of the chemicals and contaminants that are applied. So not only are we using the wrong pH water on our skin but we’re adding chemicals and contaminants to it when we are supposed to be cleansing and washing away impurities!

Ionized acidic water from a water ionizer is the perfect water for washing your hands and face with because it is the right pH, and–when paired with a prefilter or whole house filtration system–is virtually chemical-free. It can leave skin smoother, softer and even reduce lines and wrinkles and act as an all-natural toner, which is why the Japanese refer to it as “beauty water.”

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