Autoimmune, Vitamin. D, Benefits Of The Sun. Or...Why This Redhead Doesn't Burn.
You have low levels of Vitamin D? Well that's easy, just get more sun!
Haha, yes, you know me well enough by now to know that would be my response to just about anything! :)
Yes, I’m aware that the latitude you live in doesn’t get much sun year round but is it the latitude you live in or are you actually destroying your ability to produce Vitamin D?
LOL, no I haven’t completely lost my mind…yet ;)
But unless you live in the poles, you should be able to get the majority of the Vitamin D you need. You should be outside, in the sun with as little of clothes on as possible, every day. The exceptions will be if you are expecting a hurricane, blizzard, or the like. Otherwise, even in winter, you need to be outside.
Most people do think they do this, but do you then take a shower and wash your body with soap?
Well, yes, mostly people do take showers daily, but not me. When sunlight hits our skin, it is then “filtered” into the oils on our skin. These oils are then absorbed through our skin and into our bloodstream. This is the first steps our bodies take in producing Vitamin D. This process can take up to 48 hours. When we wash, with soap, we wash off all of that potential Vitamin D.
So, I do take showers, I just don’t use soap very often, like only about once a month.
Put your eyes back in your head! :D
I do get into the shower daily but just to rinse off. Because not only are we destroying any Vitamin D potential when we use soap, we also kill off the micro biome on our skin. This micro biome is supposed to be in communication with our gut’s micro biome, which leads to a strong immune system. But when we use soap daily, that communication doesn’t take place and that puts stress on our immune system. Something us autoimmuners don’t need to be doing…
People aren’t aware that bacteria are all around us, even airborne. And that the majority of the bacteria that will form our gut micro biome come from our skin, nasal passages, and our upper airway systems.
That is why we shouldn’t use soap every day. So many people are into eating fermented foods, drinking kombucha, taking probiotics, and the like to feed their good micro biome. We are supposed to have around 30,000 different species of bacteria that make up our micro biome. (Take a look at your probiotic and tell me how many SPECIES it contains. Probably only 7-10.)
What they don’t understand is that they are limiting the diversity of their micro biome when they wash with soap. So all that money and effort down the drain…
How does that affect our immune system you ask?
Around 70% of our immune system comes from our gut, so having a diverse micro biome is epically important for us autoimmuners. But on top of that, the good micro biome on our skin help to get rid of dangerous bacteria before it has a chance to enter our bloodstream.
Yes, that’s exactly what I am saying! If we had a healthy skin micro biome, we would potentially be protecting ourselves from infections and toxic exposure?
But we have gotten a bit off topic, let’s get back to Vitamin D. I’m not going to ask you if you take statins, because I don’t want to have to judge you if you are. But just know that cholesterol is needed for the production of Vitamin D, so when you lower your cholesterol, you are lowering your Vitamin D levels.
Oh, I’m well aware of that chronically high levels of LDL are bad for us, that’s true. But we need to ask ourselves why our cells are producing this high level of LDL in the first place.
Unfortunately, it’s not the easy answer of the food we eat.
Our cells are producing these high levels of cholesterol as a response to cellular stress. The reason is that LDL stabilizes the inner mitochondrial membrane function. And to recover from a stress, it needs a good membrane to transfer its electrons, to make ATP (cellular energy).
When our bodies are responding to stress there is a simultaneous fall in the stores of ATP and magnesium, so our bodies were designed to counteract that by raising the levels of LDL. This is part of an awesome design, but supposed to be a short-term fix, however, with the onslaught of Autoimmunes, and the like, we are seeing chronic situations. So instead of covering up a symptom, we need to address the root cause. In a line of dominoes, the LDL is one of the last standing. We need to find out what caused that first domino to fall…
You catch on quick! That’s right it really isn’t the LDL we need to be concerned with, but what triggered the increase of LDL in the first place.
But most people, and doctors, just want to stop a symptom and don’t think to dig deeper.
Now you are fair skinned, like me, but this redhead, lives in a tropical location, doesn’t use sunscreen, I am out at the beach 3-5 times a week, and never burn.
How is that possible, you ask?
Easy when we follow God’s protocol. You see, the sun, at dawn, has a lot of infrared light frequencies. These frequencies program the skin for how much UV will be in our environment later. Do you get morning sun?
I see, yes sleeping late feels good sometimes, but when we don’t get that morning light, before the sun reaches 20 degrees, we are preventing our circadian clock to properly inform the rest of the body what is to come, and therefore you burn much faster.
Don't misunderstand me, you can’t just go outside in the morning and then on day one, voila, you don’t get burned. I just mean that you won’t burn as fast.
So doing this in conjunction with building up your sun callous will eventually get you to where you won’t burn fast. I don’t burn because I know I can be in the sun for about an hour without burning. So when that hour is up I get in the shade.
Crazy isn’t it, that this redhead can spend an hour, in the tropical sun, without burning?
The morning light has a lot of other benefits as well, but it is the afternoon light that you need for vitamin D production. But something that will probably blow your mind is that the afternoon, UV light, isn’t just for producing Vitamin D, it is also needed for melatonin production…
Most people think it is made at night but It is only secreted at night but made during the day. So the quantity and quality of your melatonin is based on the amount of UV light you get in the afternoon.
You got it! Sunshine will help you with your sleep issues!
Why are we told to avoid the sun?
That’s the million dollar question! Especially because we humans are getting sicker and not healthier.
You’re right, most people don’t know how beneficial the sun truly is, but this is why I love having these conversations. The more we know the better we can do, and the healthier we become!
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We all are going through quite a health journey because of our autoimmunes and we won’t always “get it right”. But we will get it, and I want you to know I’m here for you! I’ve been through it and I’ve reached the other side. I am now living a revitalized life. I encourage you to join the Facebook group Autoimmune Survival to stay in the conversation. I am there for support and for questions. I hope to see you there!
It’s important to understand that implementing small changes, like this, into your life can bring significant improvements in your health, as every little step brings you that much closer to your health goals. I suffered from an autoimmune for years, but by implementing habits like this, I am able to participate in life again.
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