Julie A. Wilczynski: Get the Skinny on Your Summer Skin
As we move deep into the summer, the sun’s rays are penetrating deep into the earth — and our skin. And each year there is a heated question alive in many people’s minds regarding whether sitting in the sun in good for us or is dangerous.
Some who are fair skinned may have more concern than those who have darker complexions. Does sun block really work? What is the best way to get a suntan? Is there a way we can strengthen our skin cells so they are heartier, and prevent sunburn? I hope the following will provide to clarify some of these issues.
Let’s first take a look at what causes sunburn. Ultraviolet rays from the sun convert skin oil to Vitamin D. Sunburn is caused by too much Vitamin D (also known as hypervitaminosis D.)
So does this mean that Vitamin D is important? Yes, it is a vitamin. Vitamin D picks up calcium from the gut and puts it into the blood. People require Vitamin D if they have recurrent nosebleeds, there is lack of exposure to the sun, rickets, low blood calcium, low blood pressure and calcium assimilation issues.
Can someone get too much Vitamin D and is there a way to counteract too much Vitamin D? Yes and this is very important. The key is to elevate Vitamin F. The more Vitamin F you have, the less sunburn you will have. This is because the Vitamin F moves the calcium from the blood into the tissues, making the tissues stronger, more resistant to sunburn.
However, this does not mean that people with very sensitive skin should just depend on Vitamin F as sun block. For some it is important to begin the summer with sun block to be able to tolerate sun exposure. Sure signs of hypervitaminosis D or Vitamin F deficiency are found in people who get hives, itching, or sunstroke. Canker sores fall into this category as well. The remedy is to increase Vitamin F.
Next obvious question is — what is Vitamin F? Vitamin F is composed of essential fatty acids that are required in the human diet. This means that it cannot be synthesized by the body from other fatty acids and must be obtained from food. Vitamin F is found in certain oils.
Is it dangerous to sit in the sun, is it hazardous to health? In my opinion it is dangerous to people who are Vitamin F deficient. In my home we begin warm weather months exposing ourselves to the sun as much as possible.
If the weather permits we sit outside exposing as much skin as possible without sun block to the sun for at least 15 minutes to start with and slowly move up to a full hour. We take our Vitamin D and Vitamin F year round and have had very healthy results to our exposure to the sun. Both of my children play spring, summer and fall sports and their integrity of their healthy skin is very important to me.
There are several different products that contain essential fatty acids and each one is slightly different depending on whether someone has gall bladder issues, degenerative disease, and/or thyroid issues.
There is also a product that is an ointment, which provides a layer of protective “skin” on a burn. These can be ordered through my office and I can ship them directly to you. Give me a call at (724) 407-8017 or send me an email if you would like to try some.
Julie A. Wilczynski is a traditional naturopath, counselor of natural health, certified nutritional consultant, certified personal trainer and yoga and pilates instructor from Butler, Pa. For more information or for help in creating your own personalized healthy lifestyle program contact Julie at JulieAW@zoominternet.net.