Skin Health: Why We Need the Sunshine On Our Skin

Because I’m a Leo, I’m a natural sun worshipper.  The sun is in my sign this month of August and it’s the powerful, life giving force in our lives.

All ancient Peoples had a reverence for the Sun and an understanding of it’s importance in our lives.  They understood that without the Sun, we would quickly wither and die.  They might not have expressed their understanding in today’s scientific terms but their understanding was just as valid.  We dismiss the Sun’s importance at our peril.  I’ve even heard some global warming enthusiasts state that people are responsible for all the devastating climate change we are experiencing.  This is ludicrous.  People obviously may have some role in what happens with our climate but the Sun is King.  Knowing and predicting what the Sun will do is far more important to understanding how we will live on Earth in the future.  We need the Sun for our current state of existence.

We need the sun on our skin for optimum health.  You’ve probably heard more than you want about Vitamin D and how we need this.  The best way to get Vitamin D is for the body to produce it naturally from direct exposure to the Sun.  Sun bathing is a cat’s favorite pastime.  All you Leonine cats get it.  Unfortunately, like everything in our modern information overload culture, people have been bombarded with so much “information” that in many cases, they have stopped using common sense.  We’ve known for a long time that we need sun exposure but we have allowed a deluge of scary tales of skin cancer to keep us out of the Sun or have us lathering on copious amounts of dubious sunscreen.  All that sunscreen is keeping you from getting the benefits of the Sun’s life-giving rays.  Yes, if you are not fortunate enough to have any melanin in your skin, you obviously need to limit your exposure, BUT you still need some exposure.  Trying to substitute artificial chemicals for what the body produces naturally has led us down a very tortured path.  People are now willing to substitute all kinds of processed concoctions in place of real food and real medicine.  Nature does always know best.  Use some common sense when out in the Sun, but don’t deny yourself the benefits of this life-giving force.

The Sun is electric as is everything in our amazing Universe.  That means that our bodies are also electric.  There are 12 major systems in our bodies and for any of it to work, we need a spark, a charge.  There’s a reason we talk about relaxing to “recharge” our batteries.  We are a battery just like that image from The Matrix.  If the electrical signals in your heart stop right now, you’re toast.  When I administer CPR and have to use an AED, it’s to get an electrical charge into the heart to get that muscle to once again pump blood to the brain.  But unlike a car battery, if I can’t get that engine to turn over, the consequences are devastating to everyone involved.  The Sun is that source, that spark that keeps life on Earth vibrant and pulsing.

Today if you’re fortunate enough to have a sunny day, get outside for a few minutes and soak up those life-giving rays.  You will feel the impact on your physical body, on your mind and the thought process, on your emotions and your outlook.  A sunny day can help wipe away depression and negative thinking, if you let it.  A sunny day can make you perky and happy, if you let it.  Take a page out of the Leo bible and let that hot, firery nature wash over you.  Your skin will thank you.

For more on wellness and graceful aging, visit me at JaniceWoody.com.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

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