Heads Up on Sunscreens and Bug Sprays

sunshineThe Health Coach in me needs to give you a little heads up about using sunscreens and bug sprays, and I suspect you’ll be very tempted to use the latter if you decide to participate in outdoor activities early in the morning – hence, waking up those hungry mosquitoes so they can enjoy breakfast … on you!

You might expect me to say “lather on plenty of both,” but … I DON’T actually recommend you apply either with reckless abandon, which I was disturbed to hear was exactly what was being purported on the radio the other day.

Yet, vitamin D works as a natural anti-cancer, immune boosting nutrient for your health and the sun remains your best source.

Dr. Joseph Mercola explains the benefits of Vitamin D and sunshine perfectly:

“Vitamin D research continues to impress upon us the importance of appropriate sun exposure as the ideal way to optimize your vitamin D levels. Winter limits sun exposure for many up to six months of the year.

Unfortunately, due to decades of professional and media misinformation, the typical American believes they should avoid the midday sun and need to use sunscreen before, and several times during, sun exposure.

Unfortunately, this is a prescription for minimizing vitamin D levels and all its widely appreciated benefits. 

The purpose of the attached article is to provide you with some practical guidelines on how to use natural sun exposure to optimize your vitamin D benefits.”

To read the full article by Dr. Mercola called “Maximizing Vitamin D Exposure” go here

The bottom line is: use only natural sunscreens and apply them (while in the shade) when you plan on being out in the blazing rays for extended periods of time, when your skin could potentially end up burning or turning pink.

The Dangers of DEET & How You Can Safely Repel Mosquitoes Instead:

Dr. Mercola covers this topic extremely well in his article “The Dangers of DEET & How you can Safely Repel Mosquitoes Instead” where he writes:

“No one likes getting bitten by mosquitoes. They’re a nuisance and their bites can be itchy and extremely irritating–enough to ruin any outdoor barbecue or picnic. There’s also the risk of the West Nile Virus that has sprung up all over the country in recent years (those most at risk are the elderly, young children or people with compromised immune systems).

However, the most serious danger by far has nothing to do with the West Nile Virus, but instead is posed by the pesticides we use to keep the mosquitoes away. And while you likely don’t have much control over the community-wide fogging geared at reducing mosquitoes (other than running indoors and making sure all your windows are tightly shut), you do have control over the pesticides you use personally.

Do your best to apply only natural repellents directly to your skin. I find that sprays containing Neem Oil work very well, but there are other “natural” bug repellents that also work well. It may take a little trial and error to find one that works for you, but the search is well worth it, especially when it comes to protecting your health.

If you’re going deep into the woods, or other mosquito infested areas (which, in Calgary, is just about everywhere this time of year) and you feel you must use sprays containing DEET then be sure to cover your nose and mouth with a towel or mask and spray only your clothes. In the rare situations I feel I need that level of protection I’ve gone as far as to take my clothes outside and spray them before I put them on – it really is that serious of a health risk.

To read the rest of Dr. Mercola’s article “The Dangers of DEET & How you can Safely Repel Mosquitoes Instead” go here.

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