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Skin, Sunscreens & The Sunshine Vitamin

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Now that you’re slimming down your body, you may want to flaunt it at the beach or by the pool and get that Malibu tan!

On the Malibu Diet, your skin is naturally protected from the sun because the diet is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. It provides the body with an abundance of powerful phytonutrients that will help you fight free radicals so you’ll tan instead of burn.

In addition to protecting you from sunburn, the diet promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails and helps prevent body odor, bad breath, and even mosquito bites. When you’re eating a clean, plant-based diet you won’t need deodorants, mouth wash, sunscreen, bug repellent, pain medications, and so on, which can all be toxic unless they are “organic”.  In fact, sunscreens have been shown to kill coral reefs and yet we apply them to our skin!

Skin is the human body’s largest organ and anything that gets absorbed into the skin can negatively affect other organs in the body, so you must be very careful about what you put on your skin.

Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D, known as “the sunshine vitamin” isn’t actually a vitamin at all – it is a hormone.   When our bodies are exposed to the sun’s UV rays, a chemical pre-hormonal reaction occurs in the skin, beginning a metabolic process that eventually causes the liver to produce Calcitriol — the actual hormone which attaches to genes prompting them to do their jobs.

The fairer your skin, the less sun exposure you need for Vitamin D; the darker your skin, the more you need. Contrary to popular belief, sunlight is not the cause of skin cancer. In fact, sunlight actually prevents cancer! There is considerable evidence that shows vitamin D (which is produced from the sun’s rays) is protective of many cancers − including melanoma. Skin cancer, as well as other skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and sunburn are caused by inflammation under the skin from consuming an inflammatory diet in combination with applying toxic chemical sunscreens.

A suntan is the body’s natural process to protect skin from solar radiation. A reasonable amount of sun exposure along with a healthy plant-based diet can significantly decrease your risk of cancer. If you do tend to spend considerable time outdoors, consider protective clothing instead of sunscreens.

Exposure to the sun facilitates the production of vitamin D. There are well over 800 published research papers showing the effectiveness of vitamin D to protect against cancer as well as to aid in its treatment.

Sunscreens block healthy Vitamin D production and directly contribute to cancer. When people wear high-protection sunscreen, the chemicals found in many sunscreens are toxic endocrine disruptors and can damage the heart and liver.

Active ingredients in sunscreens come in two forms, mineral or chemical filters. Mineral filters are less harmful than chemical filters. Unfortunately, the most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. A handful of products combine zinc oxide with chemical filters.

Just like food, if you see ingredients in skin lotions or sunscreens that you don’t recognize or have difficulty pronouncing, then they are toxic and not healthy for you.

Chemicals penetrate the skin and reach organs and tissues. Laboratory studies of several sunscreen chemicals have shown that they disrupt and are toxic to the thyroid system, hormone system, endocrine system, reproductive system, etc…because they cause organ system toxicity.

Studies have even detected sunscreen chemicals in mothers’ milk, meaning that the developing fetus and newborns may also be exposed to these substances.

Oxybenzone in chemical sunscreens is one of the most common but dangerous chemicals acting like estrogen in the body; altering sperm production in men and is associated with endometriosis in women (a very common disorder in the U.S. in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus). EWG recommends that consumers avoid this chemical.

Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Mineral sunscreens usually rate better than chemical sunscreens for safety in the EWG database.  If you must use sunscreen, choose mineral sunscreens.

So-called “inactive ingredients” in sunscreens typically make up at least half to nearly all of a sunscreen product. These commonly found ingredients can be skin allergens, cytotoxins, and neurotoxins. These dangerous ingredients are also found used in a wide range of personal products such as cosmetics, lotions, moisturizers, sanitary wipes, shampoos, and more.

The rule is: If it’s not safe to put in your body, you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin, because toxins get absorbed causing serious health problems. It’s best to minimize your use of products in general and always choose “organic” when putting something on your skin or in your mouth.

Article by Christine & Sonny Gray

Buy the book:  Malibu Diet: Have a Summer Body All Year

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