We began seeing Ashley’s current doctor in about 2008. One of the first things she told me was to make sure that Ashley (and all of us for that matter) get sun every day. She advised 20 minutes of sun a day if we tolerated it without burning. A strange request for a doctor to make" Quite the opposite.
SPF 30 reduces your ability to make vitamin D by about 98 percent, according to Dr. Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution.
And vitamin D is crucial for protecting against cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, infections, flu, and cancer.
Whoa. Wearing SPF = lack of vitamin D. Lack of vitamin D = major trouble.
The National Cancer Institute states that studies on sunscreen use and cancer rates have provided ?inadequate evidence? that sunscreens help prevent skin cancer.
And, research suggests that some sunscreens might even promote skin cancer.
Okay, so maybe I’m not surprised by that last one.
What’s a healthy gal to do"
Dr. Holick recommends exposing your arms, legs, abdomen, and back rather than your face, which is most likely to experience aging effects from the sun.
When we plan on being in the sun for extended periods which could lead to burning we do two things:
Cover up with hats and rash guards to minimize the amount of zinc we need to apply.
Apply a mixture of zinc and coconut oil (I do about a 60/40 ratio of zinc to coconut oil) to exposed areas. Note: Adding the coconut oil is optional. I love that it makes the zinc go on much easier, and we find it works equally well with coconut oil added. However, everyone is different.
Want to do more" Avoid eating vegetable oils. Vegetable oils increase chances of developing skin cancer and other cancers. I know, I’m preaching to the choir here, but it had to be said. That stuff is all kids of horrible.
On to the giveaway! (Now over)
Congratulations to Ivy Entrekin (US), Linda Townsend (US), and Mandy Versele (AUS)! They are the winners!