SUMMER = SUN.
Hopefully you know by now that the the sun isn't "bad." Too much sun (aka: sunburn or blisters is not good). Chemical sunscreen is WAY WORSE. There is so much FEAR around being in the sun. We need sun for health and to produce Vitamin D, however, most people guts are so sick they can't make Vitamin D no matter how much sun they get. Read this blog about what people DON'T KNOW about Vitamin D Deficiency. Now hear me out... if you're going to be in the sun long enough to burn, you need a pure, natural sunscreen. Exercise discernment and use your brain. The point is, you need to check your products because a lot of what is claiming to be "natural" is junk & very harmful to your health, liver, skin, hormones, immune system, etc. MOST SUNSCREENS are doing way more harm than good. On the EWG - Skin Deep Website, you can look up your products to see how they rate and what's REALLY in them.
If we are eating AND PROPERLY ASSIMILATING healthy fats (Gall Bladder 101) and have a healthy gut and liver, we can stay in the sun much longer without burning. We can then utilize the sun to make more Vitamin D and hold onto our summer tan longer!! We NEED good fats in our diet (coconut oil, grass-fed butter, avocados, organic virgin olive oil, raw nuts/ seeds, etc) for natural sun protection, to produce hormones, to stabilize blood sugars, to increase metabolism, to fight infection, to keep our immune system strong, and to fight inflammation overall. If you have/had Candida overgrowth, allergies, auto-immune disease, bloating/belching/heartburn, or constipation/diarrhea, etc your liver/gall bladder likely isn't working well, which means you COULD BE eating lots of good fats already but your body may not be able to use/digest them properly.
>>> HEALTHY FATS DO NOT MAKE YOU FAT <<<
So EAT your sunscreen from now on. Get your gut healthy and you'll notice you can tolerate the sun, people, food, stress, and life in general much better ;)
And for those long play or work days in the sun, find a GOOD, CLEAN sunscreen that isn't causing further internal damage. Here's what I use. They have a few different options.
When you DO burn by accident, here are some options that ACTUALLY WORK:
1. spritz or wipe skin with RAW apple cider vinegar (can soak a washcloth if necessary for bad burns of any sort). (Optional; stinky but it really helps with bad burns).
2. Apply Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield Rescue Gel either alone or add to the following recipe (#4).
*This stuff is amazing for any burn, cut, wound, fever blister, sty or other topical wound/infection!
3. Nature's Sunshine's Aloe Vera Gel (+ Lavendar and/or Peppermint Essential Oil)
*You can add the Silver Shield Rescue Gel (equal parts silver & Aloe) to have a pre-made, smell-good, feel-good, REALLY GOOD "Natural After-Sun Care Gel". It will help prevent peeling, blistering & pain. You can essentially savor your "excess sun" and turn it into a tan! :)
Summer = Bugs.
I hate reading long blogs when I really just want recipes. SO, here you go:
1. HONEST CO. BUG SPRAY safe, non-toxic bug spray.
I found this 2-pack at our local Costco in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
2. BUG REPELLANT LOTION (If you're a DIY-er)
1 Tbsp Nature's Sunshine UNSCENTED Hand & Body Lotion
4 drops PURITY Essential Oil Blend
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 drop Lemongrass Essential Oil
3. Got a tick?
Don't touch it! Put 1 drop Peppermint essential oil directly onto the tick. It will back itself out in about 20 seconds! And then you have all the antibiotic and antimicrobial properties of the peppermint oil going directly into the tick bite to help prevent infection or irritation! Thank you LORD.
I use Nature's Sunshine Products for everything because of their quality, purity, integrity & variety. EVERY product is far beyond ORGANIC standard. I can get pretty much everything I need (supplements, herbs, lotion, essential oils, flower remedies, cleanses, kids stuff, cleaning stuff, etc all in 1 place...at wholesale cost... get 30% commission on what I buy for myself AND 25% back in Rewards points (1 point = $1) because I use their Sunshine Rewards Program! I've been using them since 2008 and have never found any company that meets all these needs ;) All the photos above are Nature's Sunshine Products I carry through my ONLINE STORE.
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Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
When our bodies are HEALTHY, we use daily exposure to sun to MANUFACTURE Vitamin D. However, MOST PEOPLE are not healthy & have Candida overgrowth & other gut/liver problems. I test every patient I work with locally for heavy metals & chemical toxicity, Candida overgrowth, parasites, viruses & bacterial infections, amongst MANY other things. Almost EVERYONE has 1 of more of these things hiding in their body. In order detox the body of these things, you need a custom diet, lifestyle & supplement plan to get well. You can get all the sun you want, but if your liver & gut are not well, you will likely remain deficient in Vitamin D because your body isn't well enough to utilize the sun to make it. More proof: I test patients from SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA all week long! There is no shortage of sun here, yet the number of patients with Vitamin D deficiencies is the same as anywhere else. ALMOST EVERYONE I TEST IS LOW IN VITAMIN D. For now you'll need to supplement it until you get your gut healthy.
If you are a patient, I can quickly muscle test you in your New Patient Exam OR in any follow-up appointment to:
A) tell if you are deficient (in D, B's, omega 3's, etc)
B) tell you how much Vitamin D (or any vitamin/mineral/herb) to take and also when to decrease your dose and by how much.
C) Customize & fine tune your plan to continue healing your whole body so that you do not have to supplement such high doses of different supplements forever.
If you are not a patient, you can ask to have your Vit. D levels checked next time you get bloodwork. 25-80ng/mL is said to be "normal" or optimal, though you want to be on the high side of this range in my opinion. It's important to note that Vitamins A, D, E & K ARE fat soluble so they can build up in the system. The problem is Medical Doctors have scared people to death about overdosing on these vitamins if they take too much. Probelem is, after about a decade of testing patients, I can say for certain that most people are so severely deficient that if they don't START with therapeutic doses, they'll rarely see any change in their health. The only way to truly know how much YOU should be taking of ANYTHING is to find a Holistic Doctor who KNOWS you, who you see at least a few times a year, who practices HEALTH CARE & not "sick care", WHO HAS A SYSTEMATIC AND ACCURATE WAY of testing your body and customizing a plan JUST FOR YOU. It's the only way anyone can honestly tell you how much YOU should be taking. As you get healthier, your Vitamin D dosage will change over time, and your other supplements & herbs will change as your body and health begin to change.
This is one of the most common Vitamin deficiencies and it is critical for healthy bones and teeth, healthy thyroid (hormones, metabolism & energy), immune, gut, and brain function, to name a few.
I used to have to take 30,000IU of Vitamin D3 until my gut and liver (and thyroid and adrenals and...) started to heal. That happened only after quitting drinking alcohol, removing grains, sugar & starches from my diet for many months, overcoming Candida overgrowth and leaky gut, regular Chiropractic care & Acupuncture, and repenting for a LOT of bitterness and anger in my heart which was keeping my liver & gut from fully healing (that's just a glimpse of my journey...haha). My dosage of Vitamin D3 SLOWLY went down over time. Now I don't supplement any Vitamin D :) I get checked a couple times a year and my levels are staying in normal range. I practice HEALTH CARE. I go to who the Lord leads me to help me, not who an insurance company dictates I go to ;) I check in regularly with Jesus to make sure I'm not harboring sin or disobedience and repent regularly for my wretchedness. God is my primary care physician. He refers as necessary. He kindly corrects me when necessary (and I allow Him to. Good parents discipline their children). He leads me beside still waters. He sets the pace of my life. He has everything I need. He has healed me beyond my wildest dreams. I am not perfect. My body does not feel "perfect" every day (ps: no one's body does. You're still aging & doing life in a fallen world), but He carries me in my weakness and has given me beauty for ashes despite the horrible ways I used to abuse my body with food, alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, and disobedience of every kind. If this is a good as it gets, I'll take it. It's more than I deserve. And I'll praise Him with all my heart, soul, mind, strength...with every gain, every loss, every sickness & every healing victory, every promotion, every fall. He is God and He is good!!!