All of life depends on the sun, and sunlight is an essential ingredient for an overall healthy life. It is important to overcome our fear of the sun and the many myths surrounding sun exposure as an enemy to health. There are healthy ways to build up tolerance for sunlight to receive maximum benefit from its rays. Every year, we can start with slowly increasing our exposure to the sun, and also minimize the use of sunscreens. Here’s how.
—The most intense rays from the sun occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. between the months of April and October. Start going outside in the early mornings or later afternoons. Do not use sunscreen unless you will be out for longer than you are used to. As you acclimate to the sunlight, then you can increase exposure and times of day.
—It is most important to experience sunlight on our face, eyes, and arms, followed by the torso and legs.
—Spend at least 10-15 minutes everyday in the sun, and at maximum to the point where skin becomes slightly red. It is important to avoid getting sunburnt. If you feel or appear red, you’ve already overdone it.
—A short walk after lunch is a good practice.
—Eating an excess of simple sugars or fruits can make us more susceptible to sunburn.
—Being active and upright in the sunlight provides more benefit than passive, sitting, or lying positions like sunbathing. Sunbathing while lying down can make us feel more sluggish, and stagnate our lymph system.
—If you need to be outside for a longer period of time before you’ve built tolerance, wear a wide-brimmed hat or tightly meshed clothing for protection, or alternatively use natural, high-quality sunscreens such as Aubrey.