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Tag: sunshine

The Life-Giving Power of the Sun

On this planet, all life comes from the sun.

sunThe sun shines its rays down on plants and plants photosynthesize, using the sun’s energy for the growth of plant cells.

Animals and people eat the plants, absorbing the life-giving nourishment and energy stored in the plant’s cells.

People eat the animals as well, transferring the stored sun energy into energy the human body can use for fuel, growth, and higher-level functioning.

When exposed, human skin directly metabolizes the sun’s rays to manufacture Vitamin D, a key ingredient in health, immunity, and strong bones.

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”

Albert Einstein

Prenatal Vitamin D levels linked to Autism?

Research has shown that many autistic children are born in the month of March. Going backward, this would mean that their mothers were pregnant during the winter months when they might not have gotten enough sunshine on their skin, perhaps meaning that they were vitamin D deficient during the time in their pregnancy for the baby’s brain development.

I heard this at a recent natural health seminar and it made me stop to think. I don’t know if there has been any research on this, but it might be a reason to seek out regular sunshine during pregnancy. I was always looking for an excuse to go for a walk during my pregnancies anyway — maybe practicing for all that stroller-pushing that came later?

Has anyone else heard about this link?

Sunshine and Sunglasses

My friend Susan Mead, a Master Herbalist with a wonderful new book out, Take Back Your Body Using Time-Tested Health Tips and Uncommon Sense, reminded me about sunshine and vitamin D production being thwarted by sunglasses.

Susan writes: ” Thought you might want to know that most Vit D is absorbed through the eyelids; I believe that’s why most are short on it since we all wear sunglasses so much.  A hat not a problem, but any glasses will block that absorption.”

Good point, Susan. Besides blocking vitamin D absorption, sunglasses interfere with the body’s circadian rhythms, which depend on undiluted UV light hitting the retina to set our internal clocks. So, while you’re spending a few minutes outside getting your vitamin D, be sure to remove your sunglasses and tilt your eyelids up to the sun.

One of my favorite natural health instructors, Elaine Newkirk, encourages us to use these vitamin D moments to feel gratitude. Its a great idea as it has been proven that feeling grateful for things in your life, no matter how small, has an astounding effect on attitude and health. Too often I find myself focusing on the struggles and forgetting the celebrations, so I was grateful to be reminded to practice gratitude while I bask in the sun with my sunglasses off and my eyes closed.  🙂