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Embrace the power of sunlight

The incredible value of sunlight as a nutrient and what it provides to your body cannot be overstated. An overwhelming majority, likely over 90-95%, are not getting sufficient sunlight exposure. Regular sun exposure offers significant health benefits.

Health Benefits of Regular Sun Exposure

Research consistently shows that regular sun exposure is one of the most powerful and crucial practices for maintaining health and preventing disease. However, many people have an unwarranted fear of sunlight. Despite studies showing that isolated UV light can cause DNA damage and cancer in controlled environments, real-world data comparing individuals with regular sun exposure to those with minimal exposure reveals no higher rates of melanoma among the former. In fact, outdoor workers, who are exposed to three to nine times more sunlight, often have lower rates of melanoma compared to indoor workers.

Discrepancy Between Indoor and Outdoor Exposure

This discrepancy can be partly attributed to the negative effects of indoor lighting, such as fluorescent lights, which emit harmful frequencies associated with dirty electricity. Moreover, intermittent sun exposure, characterized by infrequent but intense sunbathing like what you’d get if you’re indoors most of the time and then go on vacation and bake in the sun, is associated with increased risks of sunburn and DNA damage, unlike regular and consistent exposure that helps build natural defense mechanisms in the skin. Melanin is an adaptive system that prevents DNA damage from UV exposure.

Sunlight as a Nutrient

Understanding light as a nutrient is essential. Just like adequate nutrition and physical movement, our bodies require proper light exposure to express normal cell function. Insufficient sunlight leads to abnormal cell function through various mechanisms, with vitamin D regulation being the most well-known. Vitamin D regulates over 2,000 genes related to immune health, skeletal health, musculoskeletal health, and many other bodily functions. Beyond vitamin D, the metabolic benefits of sunlight include the release of nitric oxide, which contributes to numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health and lower obesity and diabetes rates.

Cellular Benefits of Sunlight

Furthermore, red and near-infrared light promote health at the cellular level, including enhancing mitochondrial function, which is crucial for energy production. Our mitochondria are an adaptive system that requires stimulation to function well. If you don’t stimulate and challenge your mitochondria, they shrink, atrophy, die off, and become weak and fragile. This comprehensive perspective on sunlight underscores its vital role in overall health and well-being.

Circadian Rhythm and Sunlight

Our circadian rhythm is also significantly influenced by light exposure, particularly blue and green wavelengths from sunlight. When you look at a blue sky (without sunglasses), those blue wavelengths of light entering your eyes feed back through nerves into the circadian clock in your brain, regulating various systems in your body, from neurotransmitters to hormones that influence immune function. Disrupted circadian rhythms are linked to numerous diseases, including many types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders.

Environmental Factors and Well-Being

The combination of environmental factors such as circadian rhythm inputs, nutrition, psychological stress, gut health, and light exposure plays a crucial role in overall well-being. Light exposure is a significant factor in regulating our physiology. Moreover, the resilience of our body’s systems, including mitochondrial health, is essential for maintaining high energy levels and resisting environmental stressors. Stimulating mitochondria through hormetic stressors like exercise, sauna use, red and near-infrared light therapy, sunlight, and fasting helps build resilience and prevent fatigue, which often precedes overt disease.

Suggestions for Sunlight Exposure

  • Spend at least 30 minutes to an hour in the sunlight every day.
  • Avoid wearing a lot of clothes, hats, and sunglasses.
  • Gradually increase your sun exposure to build tolerance and avoid sunburn.
  • Get sunlight during midday when UVB rays are strongest for optimal vitamin D production.
  • Ensure some skin is directly exposed to sunlight without sunscreen for short periods.
  • Balance sun exposure with protective measures to avoid overexposure and sunburn.
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