A healthy amount of sun exposure on the skin everyday is one of the simplest treatments for psoriasis and eczema there is (not to mention it's completely free).
Discover why all the negative talk about the sun is unwarranted and why you must "get out in the sun" and recieve UV-B rays if you want to treat this skin problem...
Article by Troy Sawyer (Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach, Sports Nutritionist)
Updated March 21, 2023 -- This post contains affiliate links
I’m so sick and tired of hearing about how bad the sun is for you. It supposedly gives you cancer, yet nature’s most powerful cancer treatment and preventative is vitamin D - which comes free from the sun! The sun also soothes and heals the skin better than any cream or ointment ever invented by man.
In the August issue of the Archives of Dermatology, a study by a team of scientists from St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin was able to prove that UV-B light increases the body’s production of vitamin D, and in turn, heals psoriasis…
Researchers took 30 patients with severe psoriasis (and low vitamin D levels) and treated them with narrow-band UV-B light three times a week for three months. Another 30 patients with severe forms of psoriasis (and also low vitamin D levels) were given no UV-B therapy.
The results were amazing!
Over the three month period, the UV-B group’s vitamin D levels increased dramatically and their psoriasis virtually disappeared. The untreated group’s vitamin D levels stayed the same and their skin condition didn’t improve at all.1
These results show just how important the sun’s rays (or UV-B rays) are for curing psoriasis. As health writer, S. L. Baker, reiterates…
“The new finding is powerful evidence that a lack of the ‘sunshine’ vitamin is involved in the development and worsening of this skin condition”.
And another study on vitamin D and psoriasis was equally positive...
This recognition has led to clinical trials of both oral and topical forms of vitamin D in the treatment of psoriasis. One controlled study found that 2-5 weeks of topical 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (vitamin D) resulted in indefinite to total improvement in all five patients treated. Another study by the same researchers, this one uncontrolled, found that four of seven patients had complete remission (after 1-3 months) with daily oral doses of 1.0 ug of lalpha (OH) vitamin D3.2
Taken from the book "Disease Prevention and Treatment" by The Life Extension Editorial Staff (naturalpedia)
Depending on the time of year, 30 minutes to an hour of uninterrupted sun exposure every day is all that is needed (you definitely don’t want to burn of course). One important caveat on this one… never use any chemical sunscreens. These horrible creams make skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis much worse and actually give you skin cancer, not stop it! (See our “Natural Cancer Treatments” section for more information on this).
You can also use tanning beds in the winter and take high strength vitamin D supplements to increase your levels. And don’t worry about overdosing on vitamin D. New research has found that we actually need around 8000 IU's of vitamin D a day, not the pathetic recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 600 IU's. (Researchers have confirmed that even up to 50 000 IU's can be safely taken without causing toxicity).3
A simple test from a qualified health care practitioner to find out what your vitamin D levels are is highly recommended.
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