Sunshine Isn’t Your Enemy: New Research

April 5, 2013

Sunshine is not your enemy. What about for muscle growth? Did you know that gladiators would work out in the sun because they knew it helped grow stronger muscle? Well, now recent research has caught up to ancient warriors.

The January edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found an association between Vitamin D and significantly stronger muscles and it could not be explained away by other factors.

Feeling chronically fatigued? Maybe lack of sunshine is the answer.

Low levels of Vitamin D are to blame for some cases of chronic sleepiness, according to a pair of recent studies by researchers from Louisiana State University.

Hydration, Salt, Sunshine

Did you know hydration, salt and sunshine are the building blocks for calcium? Think about how coral calcium forms in the ocean (sunshine, water and salt). Recent studies of kids in many countries link Vitamin D intake to a whopping 50 percent reduction in cavities.

I recently had a client who had five one centimetre fibroid tumors in her uterus and doctors wanted to take it out. She came to my house in Bali and did a juice fast for five days then a 10 day water fast while getting out in the sun for two hours at least per day. The results? A great tan and all the fibroid tumors GONE!!

A new study published online in The Journal Biology of Reproduction has found that Vitamin D effectively reduces the size of existing uterine fibroids, and may even help prevent them from forming in the first place.

D3 Deficiencies and Depression

Recent studies link D3 deficiencies to depression and indicate the potential for preventing and treating mental disorders such as depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, and schizophrenia.

Sunshine has been hailed for its unique ability to dramatically lower the risk of many forms of cancer, and has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and dementia.

Recent studies of kids in many countries link Vitamin D intake to a whopping 50 percent reduction in cavities.

Sunshine it turns out, is necessary for the production of anti-microbial peptides, substances that fight off infection-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Swedish researchers from Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm show strong protection against another common health problem like urinary tract infections.

Sunshine for the Flu

Sunshine is a great replacement for toxic flu shots as well. University School of Medicine Minato-ku in Tokyo found that vitamin D was extremely effective at halting influenza infections in children and adults. The American Journal of Clinical

What if you live in a city with low or no sunshine?

Tanning beds are designed to synthesize the perfect conditions of a summer’s day. It is because of these ideal conditions that people can absorb all the UVs and produce all the vitamin D they need in such a short period of time.

Just remember too much of anything is a bad thing. If I lived in a city with little sunshine I would go three times a week. I would use a stand up bed and if it was a 15 minutes, max. I would go for eight after building a tan. This would get me ample amounts of the crucial Vitamin D that does all these amazing things including reducing the risk of skin cancer by some 50 percent!

Also, research has shown that drying mushrooms in the sun creates Vitamin D that can be consumed and assimilated by the liver.

Let’s all get out in the sun more often and use coconut oil instead of petroleum based (cancer causing) chemicals

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  • Cam
    April 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I love any excuse to train out in the sun. I think it definitely adds a warrior like feel to it! But my question is related to the use of tanning beds. Here, in Australia, they have been pretty much outlawed due to the risk of melanoma cancers. So are you saying they are safe to use or are you talking about a different type of bed.
    I like to enjoy the benefits of getting out in the sun, and a tan is one of them, as much as anyone but as a person with several moles and freckles I am cautious spending too much time unprotected in the sun.
    Your thoughts would be awesome!

    • Shannon
      April 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Cam, that’s a great question. I’ll leave Tyler to give you the lowdown on tanning beds. As far as being in the sun unprotected, it comes down to a few factors. One of the most important things that helps protect you from damage caused by long-term sun exposure is good nutrition and connecting with the earth, barefoot. We’re so used to walking around with shoes on that we forget that we’re actually not designed to have our feet disconnected from the earth, and this, along with inadequate nutrition, can make us more susceptible to sunburn and, as I understand it, melanoma. But I’m sure Tyler would love to comment on this as well, as he’s very knowledgeable about the subject.

    • Tyler Tolman
      April 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Hello Cam, You can prevent these spots with 2 things #1 Proper skin cleaning Check out my article on Guasha
      #2 Nutrition as Shannon was saying.

      To answer your question about tanning beds, the UV light in these is specifically designed to mimic the sun. Therefore you will develop the needed Vit. D to actually prevent Skin Cancer.

      Many people are being told to fear the Sun and are therefore using Cancer causing chemicals with petroleum based ingredients in sunscreen.

      Dr. otto Warburg won a Nobel prize for proving Cancer comes from an acidic/low oxygen environment which is what people are creating by using these products. And the more people that get skin Cancer the more people use sunscreen and the #’s of skin cancer just keep climbing. All well and good for the sunscreen industry but not for human health.

      Stick to coconut oil which has a natural SPF of 4-8 and will allow the skin to breathe.

      • Cam
        April 11, 2013 at 12:50 am

        I definitely agree with the nutrition side, as I have been using alkalising, plant-based, enzyme rich supplements for over 12 months and overall my health has been incredible but my skin has seen the most improvements.

        My family has a history of severe acne so in my early teens in was put onto Roacutaine and it left my face extremely sensitive to sunlight so I would have to use sunscreen daily which left me looking ghostly pale and unwell. I would use all manner of face washes and scrubs to try and keep my skin under control, but that only lead to more dryness and sensitivity.

        Approximately 6 months ago I switch to using coconut oil exclusively. I use it as a face and body moisturiser. My skin is incredibly clear and rarely suffer from dryness now. I have even developed a tan on my face!! Hahaha

        I highly recommend the use of coconut oil now!

        • Shannon
          April 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

          Coconut oil is amazing isn’t it! I had various skin issues from using sunscreen too. Nature knows best right 🙂

  • Ananda
    April 30, 2013 at 9:18 am

    One of the signs of an essential fatty acid deficiency (the good fats from fish, avo, nuts & seeds etc) is increased sun sensitivity and burning more easily. Of course there is a link with vitamin D because if you aren’t absorbing EFAs effectively then you won’t be absorbing fat soluble vitamins such as A & D either. I know this is a little of track re sun exposure but it certainly adds to the story.

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