Learn To Love The Sun: How Catching Rays Can Make You Happier


Think the sun is bad for you? Think again.

I have long been a sun worshiper—that is I feel great being outside in sunlight. I know of nothing that can boost my mood and happiness as quickly and as well as an hour outside. I have never wanted to use sunblock, and I do not burn. There are several adjuncts to avoid sun burning:

  • Use PABA orally, 2000 mg 30 minutes before you go outside and of course even then increase exposure slowly
  • Take at least 10 mg of astaxanthin daily, to help protect the skin

Doing this and building up slowly, I can easily spend 2 to 4 hours outside without a shirt, tanning slowly and working in my garden. The evidence is overwhelming that non-burning suntan is not harmful and is indeed one of the greatest mood enhancers. Doing it right does NOT increase the risk of melanoma.

We have known since the early 80s that ultraviolet light activates the production of beta endorphin by the skin. We also know that ultraviolet stimulates the skin to produce nitric oxide, the most critical chemical for immune strength, cardiovascular health and energy! This endorphin production is so good that it provides significant pain relief for patients with fibromyalgia. All this is in addition to production of vitamin D3, another overall health essential. Actually, the skin produces all the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis homeostatic hormones—corticotrophin releasing hormone, proopiomelanocortin, ACTH and beta-endorphin (Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab, 2011, 301: E484-493).

Interestingly, heavy tanning enthusiasts even become addicted to their own beta endorphin production! So, as with everything, moderation is essential. Love that sun!

About DR. C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.: C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurosurgeon and humanistic psychologist with more than fifty years of professional experience in pain management and holistic medicine. A sought-after seminar speaker worldwide, frequent guest on radio and television programs across the United States, and host of his own weekly radio show, Dr. Shealy will release his thirtieth book, Living Bliss: Major Discoveries along the Holistic Path, was published in June, 2014 

This article was originally published at https://normshealy.com/. Reprinted with permission from the author.