Studies show that Sunlight offers substantial health benefits, including vitamin D production, but you need to exercise a few simple and easy precautions to protect yourself from overexposure to the Sun.
Virtually all of the harm from Sunlight exposure is related to Sunburn.
Below are 5 top tanning tips:
1. Expose large amounts of your skin, at least 40%of your body to Sunlight for short periods daily. Optimizing your vitamin D levels may reduce your risk of as many as 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast, prostate, and skin cancers. If using a Sunscreen, give your body a chance to produce vitamin D before you apply it.
2. Stay out just long enough for your skin to turn the very lightest shade of pink, if you’re naturally light-skinned, or just a hint reddish if you’re dark-skinned.
3. Shield your face from the Sun using a safe sunscreen or hat, as your facial skin is thin and more prone to Sun damage, such as premature wrinkling.
When you are in the Sunlight for longer periods, cover up with clothing, a hat, or shade, either natural or shade from an umbrella.
4. Consider the use of an "internal sunscreen" like astaxanthin to gain additional Sun protection. Astaxanthin is a potent antioxidant (and pigment) produced by marine algae in response to their exposure to UV light. Typically, it takes several weeks of daily supplementation to saturate your body’s tissues enough to provide protection from overexposure to Sunlight.
5. Consuming a healthy diet full of natural antioxidants is another useful strategy to help avoid Sun damage. Fresh, raw, unprocessed vegetables and fruits deliver the nutrients that your body needs to maintain a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 oils in your skin, which is your 1st line of defense against sunburn. Vegetables also provide your body with an abundance of powerful antioxidants that will help you fight the free radicals caused by damage from Sunlight that can lead to Sunburns and cancer.
How Vitamin D Performance Testing Can Help Optimize Your Health
A strong and growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for good health and disease prevention. Vitamin D affects your DNA through vitamin D receptors (VDRs), which bind to specific locations of the human genome.
Scientists have identified nearly 3,000 genes that are influenced by vitamin D levels, and vitamin D receptors have been found throughout the human body.
No matter what disease or condition is investigated, vitamin D appears to play a crucial role.
The D*Action Project by GrassrootsHealth shows how you can take action today on known science with a consensus of experts without waiting for institutional lethargy.
It has shown how by combining the science of measurement of vitamin D levels with the personal choice of taking action and, the value of education about individual measures that people can truly be in charge of their own health.
In order to spread this health movement to more communities, the project needs the involvement of people.
To participate, purchase the D*Action Measurement Kit and follow the registration instructions included.
Please note that 100%of the proceeds from the kits go to fund the research project. There is no charge for distribution of the test kits.
As a participant, you agree to test your vitamin D levels 2X a year during a 5-yr study, and share your health status to demonstrate the public health impact of this nutrient.
There is a $65 fee every 6 months for your sponsorship of the research project, which includes a test kit to be used at home, and electronic reports on your ongoing progress. You will get a follow up email every 6 months reminding you "it's time for your next test and health survey."
Vitamin D*action Test Kit and Membership
The Vitamin D*action Project is the largest international project that exists to solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic through the active involvement of its members.
Testing (with a test kit provided) allows everyone to take charge of their health, and, the ongoing feedback from GrassrootsHealth researchers provides ongoing information and instruction for members.
Blood Spot Test Kit Contents
- 2 lancets
- 1 blood spot card
- 1 envelope for returning the card
- 1 gauze pad, 1 band aid, 1 alcohol swab
- Vitamin D literature
- Instructions for taking the test and registering for the project.
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