It’s wicked Wednesday. Hump Day. The week is half over. Time for a wicked indulgence. Comfort for a bad day or celebration for a good day. You earned it.
Today’s wicked indulgence: Sunshine. You need to soak up some warm, golden sunshine. Relax in the sun, feel the warmth on your skin, breath in the fresh air, listen to the birds singing and the bees buzzing around. Sunshine makes you happy and it is healthy. Sunshine on your bare skin is sexy and sensuous. Sunshine feels so good – almost decadent!
Remember those days of laying out in the sun with baby oil and iodine or that delicious coconut scented tanning oil. Listening to the radio. Sipping ice tea or lemonade. Taking a dip in the pool to cool off. So relaxing. Those were the days! Then you realized you were sunburnt. Now that was painful. Blisters and swelling. Ouch.
Fear of cancer has caused an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency and research show that many people are suffering from it. We are avoiding the sun and are conscientiously wearing sunscreen, hats, and coverups. Vitamin D levels are now routinely being screened in all physical checkups. Doctors are prescribing doses of Vitamin D3 to counteract the deficiency.
Sunshine on the skin triggers the production of Vitamin D and mood enhancing serotonin. Vitamin D has been linked to strong bones and a lower risk of cancer, diabetes, skin conditions, and heart disease. Serotonin promotes happiness and relaxation. Wellbeing. Sunshine can also regulate the body’s circadian rhythms resulting in a more restful sleep
Too much sun can be dangerous as the sun’s rays contain cancer causing mutagens. Although there is no exact measurement for how much sun can tolerated safely, 5 to 15 minutes per day, a couple of times a week, is enough to boost health and happiness.
According to Women’s Health, “Many sunscreens are loaded with some seriously questionable ingredients that can induce adverse effects on your skin and body, (i.e., allergic reactions, hormone disruption, and premature aging), and might even increase your cancer risk. ” The safest sunscreens contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Rodale Wellness has a list of the the safest and most toxic sunscreens to use. Eating foods rich in oxidants helps protect your skin from sunburn also. Enjoy tomatoes, red and orange fruits and vegetables, dark chocolate and drink green tea for internal protection for the sun.
A healthy person with a genetically low risk for cancer can safely enjoy some moderate sun bathing. There is even an app for measuring how much sun you need: the D Minder Pro.
Go to the beach or pool, choose a lounge chair, arrange your towel, and lay down in the sun for 5-15 minutes and soak up some delicious rays on your bare skin. Sip an ice tea or lemonade and listen to some relaxing tunes. Read a good book. Watch some some hot guys. Enjoy the moment with every fiber of your being. Then, it is your choice. Slather on some sunscreen, cover up, or find some shade. Enjoy the day, the hot sun, the cool breeze, the splash and gurgle of the water. Total relaxation.
No access to a pool or the beach? Sunbathe in your own backyard. Put on some shorts and a tank top and go sit in the park. Take a walk. Play tennis or golf.
Sunshine is free and it is ever so pleasing.