Monday, August 31, 2009

SUN: Good For You Or Not?


"You are going to look like a wrinkled old hag. You need to go live in a deep hole in Alaska!", said the dermatologist to me. This is a true story. My complexion is very light and he wanted me to "GET IT!" "Use sunscreen everyday and stay out of the sun!", he said.

I was an avid tennis player so I slathered up for 15 years and hoped I didn't fry. Years later I still wear my sunscreen and choose shade over sun most of the time. But not all the time.

Now the latest medical gurus advise us to "sit in the sun without sunscreen for 10-20minutes a day" and are calling vitamin D the Sunshine Vitamin. A recent British study found that 87% of volunteers (that's a lot) had low blood levels of vitamin D in winter and spring, and 61% had low levels even in summer. They say this deficiency can lead to asthma, heart and auto immune problems, cancer, weak bones and muscles, and mental disorders. Whew!

The bottom line is: Unless you eat a ton of salmon and sardines, eggs and OJ, and shitake mushrooms every day, you better get some sunshine or take supplements. For me, I am having my coffee and breakfast outside every morning with, OMG, naked skin....no sunscreen, not a drop. Ask your doctor what you should do but I'm just sayin'.....it's awfully easy to go sit outside awhile!

9 comments:

  1. more good advice.
    mss. sandra, try this link to vote and let me know, ok.



    http://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/i-am-in-the-papers.html#comment_682124


    i think that is how its done i am no computer kinda guy

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  2. I had heard about kids not getting enough Vitamin D-of course after I just switched him to skim like we drink-but not adults. I have darker skin so I admit I don't wear sunscreen that much at all...I'm probably going to wrinkle up good in a couple years!

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  3. Thanks for coming by you two. Bob, I got my vote in for ya. The link worked. Good luck.
    Sandra

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  4. I used to play professional tennis, which means I've been in the sun since I was 3 year old. Teaching tennis a little now too...

    Maybe I'll start playing naked??

    Maybe not...

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  5. Naked skin= no sunscreen. Gotta wear clothes! Too distracting otherwise. Sounds like you get all the Vit D you need!

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  6. I actually take an extra D vitamin supplement on top of my regular multivitamin (I checked first to make sure that was okay). Also, apparently getting at least five minutes in sunshine a day boots your metabolism without any further effort on your part.

    When you mentioned Alaska in your post, it made me remember the most random thing: When I was sixteen, my sister, a friend, and I went to Florida. I've always been very dark skinned (Native American), but my sister is VERY fair. Some man down their walked up to her and said, "You're so white you look like your from Alaska. You're like a ghost!" *sighs* It was very rude. lol I just remembered that. *end rambling*

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  7. I know...that Alaska comment was rude...your sister probably felt it. We often speak without thinking and many times it isn't very uplifting to the other person. Not what the world needs right now. Thanks for following too.
    Sandra

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  8. to be fair the 'proffessionals are always coming up with new things we should or shouldn't do, and then change their minds.. I say live your life how it makes you happy, as long as your not being stupid about it obviously!

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  9. I agree. I really enjoy my morning sunshine and now it feels even better. I think when you get older you start paying more attention to things like this.
    Thanks.

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