Why Sunshine Strengthens Your Immune System
Sunlight is the very source of life on Earth. It’s natural nourishment that helps your body to maintain a high state of health.
Without sunlight, you are far more susceptible to a host of diseases, including most cancers, osteoporosis, arthritis, depression and anxiety.
Not only that, Sunshine is a vital nutrient that helps repels all kinds of viruses, infections, colds and flu.
It's important to remember that mother nature in her infinite wisdom, created the Sun to give us life and health.
With that in mind, please don't avoid the the sun. Just be sensible about your level of prolonged exposure to it, so that you can benefit from sunshine without causing damage to your skin.
Here's four key reasons to embrace sunshine, as well as some handy ways you can easily benefit from it.
1. Increased Vitamin D
One of the most important reasons to get more sunshine is the vitamin D. Vitamin D is a powerful immunity booster that activates your immune system, helping your body to monitor and repel signs of illness.
Sunlight is undoubtedly the best source of vitamin D you can get by any means; in fact, toxicity can result from any other source, including vitamin D supplementation.
When you expose yourself to natural sunlight, you actively fortify your immune system to fight off illness and keep yourself from being susceptible to diseases like osteoporosis.
Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin, but a steroid hormone precursor that is primarily formed when our skin is exposed to sunshine.
Deficiencies in this vitamin are widespread, simply because people don't get enough sunlight. As a result, perhaps tens of millions of men and women each year fall victim to completely avoidable diseases like prostate cancer and breast cancer.
With sufficient Vitamin D from the sun, the risk of prostate cancer in men becomes virtually non existent. For women, both breast cancer and osteoporosis are entirely preventable, and sunlight is one of the keys to this as well as remission.
Learn more in 6 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immunity.
2. Risk of Breast Cancer
Getting enough sunshine actually helps prevent cancer, not cause it. In fact, women who limit their exposure to sunshine will have lower vitamin D levels and an increased risk of breast cancer, in addition to an increased risk of bone diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis.
Researchers have found that breast tissues produce their own cancer knock-out compound, known as calcitriol, that destroys breast cancer tumors. In order to make calcitriol, however, tissues in the breast need Vitamin D, and the best way to get Vitamin D is to expose your skin to natural sunlight. In other words, the research is finding that the human body can remiss cancer all by itself, but only if it has the raw materials available. And sunshine is one of the most vital!
3. Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases are conditions that occur when your immune system turns on your body, like it normally would on harmful germs or bacteria. Many diseases of today are autoimmune because of the modern day lifestyle and susceptibility to inflammatory foods and lifestyle factors which cause plaque to proliferate in the body.
Plaque builds up over time and distance in the body due to exposure to certain harmful elements including but not limited to; toxic chemicals and environments, processed and packaged foods, refined sugars and grains, artificial sweeteners etc.
Paying attention to these blockages that occur as a result of accumulated plaque is key. It is crucial that your cells receive nourishment and that you support your body to effectively eliminate waste because if you block these processes, disease will begin to crop up.
The only way to heal from autoimmune diseases naturally and to support your immune system to properly function again, is by adequately supporting the channels of elimination (defecation, urination, perspiration and respiration) which is done by embracing whole foods, fasting, water, movement and sunshine.
4. Lowered Risk of Skin Cancer
Sensible exposure to Sunshine is good for you. You don’t need to overdo it and become blistered in one day, but 15-30 minutes of natural sunlight, particularly in the morning when it's not so intense, can work wonders for your overall health, immune system and mental state.
We’ve been taught to never go into the sun without layers and layers of sunscreen, but sunscreen is only a fairly recent development which it has more to do with supporting an industry than protecting skin. The history of humanity has survived and thrived without sunscreen and the toxic chemicals it’s made of, and we can too.
People are only susceptible to sunburns when they have severe nutritional deficiencies caused by consuming processed foods, refined sugars, soft drinks, white flour and other similar substances. Additionally, the risk is higher if you don't eat an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that are locally grown and naturally in season because of their rich anti-oxidant content which nourishes and protects your skin.
A person on a heavily processed diet of food-less foods, life-less drinks and takeaway meals, will sunburn very easily. However, if that same person follows a sound, wholesome diet for several months, avoiding all processed foods and toxic supplements, they will not burn their skin in the sunlight.
Even fair skinned people who use organic soy butter or cold pressed coconut oil, can get a healthy, nourishing tan if their diet is clean and they gradually work up to it.
In other words, by paying attention to your diet and getting your daily required sunshine, you will support a robust immune system in your body which is far less susceptible to disease, viruses and infections.
Learn more in Sunscreen: Prevent or Cause Skin Cancer?
Tips to get more sunshine in your day:
- Meditate or Site in the sun for 15 minutes every morning before work (expose as much of your body as possible)
- Eat lunch outside
- Park your car as far as possible and walk for ten minutes
- Exercise outside instead of at the gym—try a running trail, a bike path, yoga by the lake, or swimming
- Do yard work and gardening yourself in the morning sunlight
- Take the kids or dogs outside to play
- Talk a walk on the beach and combine it with barefoot earthing
Remember, building a strong immune system is vital for staving off illness and disease, viruses, bacteria and parasites. Your health depends on your immune system and sunshine is a key component of that.
A small change in your day to day lifestyle can mean a huge change for your health and the strength of your immune system. And when it’s as simple and pleasurable as getting some natural sunlight, there’s no reason at all not to.
Tolman Self Care.