With the many warnings of skin cancer and the effects of the sun, many of us look at the sun as an enemy.  Yet you and I need sunshine, and many times we do not get enough good daily sunshine.  Exposure to the sun provides the body with Vitamin D, which is necessary for building and maintaining strong and healthy bones.  Vitamin D also plays an important role in the metabolism of calcium, as well as the functions of the heart, eyes and nervous system.  Being outside in the early morning for 15-30 minutes on a good brisk walk or bike is actually good for adults and children too.

The Liver: Your Built-In Toxin Filter

On another note, what are the functions of the liver?  The liver is the largest gland in the human body and its main functions are to help the body digest and use food, as well as purify the blood of wastes and poisons.  Digested food travels from the small intestines to the liver.  The liver stores some of the digested food from the blood and releases it back into the bloodstream when needed.  The liver filters wastes and poisons from the blood, then must process it and dump it into the urinary track.  When the liver becomes overloaded and full of toxins, it is released back into the body through the blood, and dumps it out into the fascia under the skin.

Sunspots? Not Quite!

Now what does the liver have to do with the sun and your skin?  With a dirty toxic liver, which is caused mainly by eating unhealthy and chemically filled foods, your blood stream ends up carrying these wastes through your body that settle in your skin.  As your skin grabs the sunlight, it pulls up toxins to the surface, creating sunspots, or liver spots. One may blame the sun for these ugly spots, whereas in reality, a toxic liver is really the culprit.

So to remedy the problem, people fall into a trap of applying sunscreens before entering the sun. However, sunscreens can create more problems than they prevent.  First, most sunscreens are made with creams that block the absorption of vitamin D from the sun, and they clog your pores so your skin cannot breathe and cleanse as it should. Research also suggests that most sunscreens are filled with chemicals found to produce more free radicals than they prevent.

Summer Skin Solutions

So what are the answers to the sun, your liver, and your skin?

  • Take care of your liver. Processed foods cause your liver to become toxic and work overtime. You can have a healthier liver by doing several things:
  • Eat a good healthy diet of lots of raw fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, raw nuts, etc., and cut out the processed refined foods, fried foods, and milk products.
  • Drink lots of good pure water: at least 8 oz. on the hour.  Water hydrates the cells and flushes the body of its toxins and wastes. You cannot have a clean healthy system without good pure water.
  • Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your water to increase your cleansing ability of all your organs.…especially your liver.
  • Olive oil or fractionated coconut oil will feed and nourish your skin from the inside out. Both of these are excellent oils to consume internally, so add them in your food preparations in place of other oils.
  • Both olive oil and fractionated coconut oil are truly the best thing to rub on your skin for protection when in the sun along with lavender essential oil. Just add 4-5 drops lavender in a teaspoon of oil in the palm of your hand, then apply to areas of your skin that will be exposed. Will this block the sun?  No. Will this provide good skin protection?  Yes, so much more than any sun screen can!
  • Be smart! Spend minimal time in the sun, or keep out of the direct sunlight as much as possible between the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm year round, even on overcast days. If you know you will be out in the sun during those hours, seek shade, a parasol, protective clothing, and a good hat for protection.
  • Remember, your skin is a reflection of what is going on in the inside of your body. Start taking care of your system internally through good healthy eating habits and health practices.

    Respect the sun. You need it. Be in it when it is good for you, and protect your skin by treating it naturally with good quality oils and essential oils from nature.

    Enjoy your beautiful skin!
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