By Worlds Last Chance

“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.” Have you ever stopped to think that without sunlight there would be no life on this earth?—Not a leaf or fruit could grow nor a flower bloom. The life of every created being is the more perfect the more the creature enjoys the influence of light. Let a plant or an animal be deprived of light, notwithstanding every nourishment, care, and cultivation, it will first lose its color, then its strength, and at last will utterly decay.

God made man to live largely outdoors where the body could receive abundant sunshine. In fact, man was created and placed in the garden so that the sun would shine upon his entire body.

A miracle factory is at work just beneath our skin; when the ultraviolet rays of the sun touch the skin, the factory sets to work. There are tiny oil glands just beneath the skin called sterols. As sunshine strikes them, substances within them, called ergo sterols, are irradiated and transformed into vitamin D. Red corpuscles constantly flowing through the very small blood vessels throughout every part of the 3,000 square inches of our skin transport the vitamin throughout the body.

Vitamin D is unique in that it is the only vitamin that humans produce intrinsically after exposure to ultraviolet B light from the sun. It takes a fair-skinned person only 15 minutes or less to generate 10,000 to 20,000 IU of vitamin D on a sunny day. Vitamin D generated by sunlight on the skin is different from other vitamins in that it influences the entire body. Receptors that respond to this vitamin have been found in almost every type of human cell, from the brain to the bones.

All of the sunlight’s vitamin D’s health-effects are not yet known, but it is clear that the vitamin is a “blockbuster” nutrient capable of many things, including the following:

Vitamin D—

·         Strengthens the immune system. Exposure to sunlight increases the number of the immune system’s white blood cells in the body. Moreover, sunlight increases the number of lymphocytes, the most powerful germ killers of white blood cells.

·         Provides pain relief.

·         Elevates the mood.

·         Improves mental function. One study revealed that after exposing participants to 20 minutes of bright white light in the morning, they became more alert. The brain images showed that regions of the brain involved with alertness and some cognitive processes became more active.

·         Increases muscle tone. In turn, it burns up more calories.

·         Helps in weight loss. Sunlight increases the body’s metabolism by stimulating thyroid gland function. Resting Metabolic Rate is thus increased and more calories are burned.

·         Lowers cholesterol. Because there is so much cholesterol just underneath the skin, when it is changed by sunlight to vitamin D, cholesterol from the blood is sent to take its place. Two hours after a sunbath, an average of 13% reduction in human blood cholesterol, takes place.

·         Aids in calcium assimilation and strengthens bones and teeth. Dentists have observed that people living in cloudy areas, where there is not much sun, have worse dental decay than those who live in the tropics, where the sun beats down on them many hours a day.

·         Increases the volume of oxygen in the blood. Sunlight increases the capacity of the blood to carry more oxygen and take it to our body tissues. Even a single exposure to ultraviolet light in the sun will greatly increase the oxygen content in our blood. Bronchial asthmatics, who could hardly breathe, were able to inhale freely after a sunbath.

·         Discourages growth of cancer.

·         Has an insulin-like effect on the body—stabilizes blood sugar. Simultaneously, sunlight helps to  elevate the blood sugar that is too low (in hypoglycemic persons), while lowering the blood sugar that is too high (in diabetics).

·         Prevents type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.

·         Improves liver function—helps the body to eliminate toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants.

Balances hormones. Sunlight reaches the pineal gland through the eyes and affects the pituitary gland, which controls the hormone production of the other endocrine glands in a beneficial way.

How can I enjoy the benefits of sunlight without the risk of skin cancer or premature aging?

Start with 10-15 minutes exposure to the face, arms and legs daily or the diseased area of the body. Build up to 20-30 minutes daily. The body stores the vitamin D readily for over a week. Avoid sun burning. Do not use sun block or suntan lotion.

To avoid the risk of skin cancer, reduce free fats, such as oils, and eliminate bad fats, (this includes all animal fats, margarine, hydrogenated fats, fried foods. Also avoid sautéed food, and vegetable oils that have been heated in processing (this includes almost all refined vegetable oils). Suitable oils to use are extra-virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil and extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil. Always add them to the food just before serving—do not cook with oils. When not available eat the oil as it is found in the food, e.g. raw nuts and seeds, avocadoes, olives, corn, etc.

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