Everything on this planet is able to live because of the sun. We are all children of the sun, or of light. We must have sunshine. It is an important part of our existence.
All of the research has always shown that sunshine is good for you just don’t overdo it all in one go or you become blistered and that’s not comfortable. But 20-30-40 minutes of heliotherapy as it was called for a long time, helps the body to create vitamin D that you can’t get from any other source.
The sun’s rays build Vitamin D naturally in the skin cells and bone marrow. Taking a vitamin D supplement, which are commercially made from fish organs or wool grease from sheep, is NOT the same as your own body producing Vitamin D naturally. Would you eat fish organs or wool grease and think it is healthy?
Your liver then converts naturally made Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) into calcidiol which circulates as a hormone in the blood, regulating the concentration of calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream promoting the healthy growth of bone, improves circulation, helps the lymphatic system and actually stimulates the heart. Calcitriol also affects neuromuscular and immune function.
Sunshine therefore acts as a tonic to boost circulation and send streams of warm, oxygen-carrying blood cells to the extremities.
The ultraviolet rays of the sun also help increase white blood cell count, which provides immunity from infection and health restoration.
The chemicals in many sunscreens are detrimental to our health and may actually lead to cancer. All the latest research into that whole thing is showing that petroleum based sun block and sunscreen from the pharmaceutical industry causes skin cancer.
Cell damage can be caused by the sunscreen ingredients themselves when absorbed into the skin and illuminated by sunlight. DNA, in particular, is susceptible to this kind of damage and it is also well known that DNA alterations are necessary for cancer to occur.
Covering our largest organ (the skin) in any artificial and toxic chemicals to the point where it can’t breathe is not a healthy activity.
In addition, hiding ourselves from the sun with creams means we are depriving ourselves of the crucial production of vitamin D, which has the ability to help prevent cancer.
All you need is 20-40 minutes of sun per day to promote and maintain great health.
Sunshine stimulates the personality and emotions of all animals and humans – even plants and flowers respond to the sun. A grey, dreary day can sour many people; however, when the sun breaks through the clouds, a new burst of energy surges through all those it touches.
Sunlight provides one of the most natural remedies for nervous people, who may sometimes feel anxiety, worry or frustration.
The sun’s soothing rays help relax nerves; millions of tiny nerve endings absorb a range of solar ingredients, which nourish our body through and through.
One of the most precious ancient wisdom's we have lost over the years is sun gazing. Getting direct sunlight into the eyes in the first hour of sunrise and the last hour of sunset causes the pineal gland to secrete chemicals that activate regions of the brain that otherwise lie dormant and can’t be activated any other way.
As a rule of thumb to determine whether the sun is too bright, hold your arm outstretched and make a fist. Put that fist on the horizon and as you look at the sun, make sure that it is below your fist – this will ensure that it is not too bright for you to look at. If you have any doubt that the sun is too bright, look away immediately and do not try again till sunset or sunrise the next day.
How the Ancients Star Gazed
Follow these guidelines for timing of sun- gazing:
1. Day one –stare for 13 seconds
2. Day two –stare for 26 seconds
3. Day three –stare for 39 seconds
... and so on until you reach 1183 seconds (nearly 20 minutes), making it 91 days.
Days don’t have to be consecutive, but the more consistent, the better.
Source: Farmacist Desk Reference Vol 1