Let there be light. Just as we need darkness to support our sleep cycles, we need light–particularly morning sun–for our day cycles. It’s light triggers our metabolism, alertness and overall ability to function and perform. Fortunately, in last few years, there has been alot written on the beneficial effects of sunlight and Vitamin D, which we get from the sun. Although it’s called Vitamin D, it is not really a vitamin, but a prehormone. It is made in our bodies and it our body’s only source of calcitrol (activated Vitamin D), the most potent steroid hormone in the body. It is crucial for preserving health and preventing disease. In this article, Dr. Lipman tells us why we shouldn’t shun the sun and gives us some great tips on healthy sun-exposure. According to Dr. Lipman, the only 2 reliable sources of Vitamin D are the sun and supplements. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. You do not get Vitamin D wearing sunscreen or sitting behind a glass window, because the UV rays are blocked. Here is everything you need to know about Vitamin D.
Sunshine Joy is one of my favorite green drinks. It is soooo refreshing. This elixir is actually listed as a soup in Natalia’s book, but in my usual fashion–have worked it into a smoothie. I also add spinach and sometimes wheatgrass to mine. This is a lighter drink. It is chock-full of enzymes and water-containing fruits and vegetables – both ideal for weight loss. There are no frozen ingredients here, so if you need to add some ice cubes or frozen mango for more of a chilled drink, go for it. And here’s to safe, smart and limited sunscreen-free exposure to the sun! xo
adapted from The Raw Detox Diet
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
3 organic dates
1 cup fresh pineapple
4 leaves fresh kale
2 tablespoons packed fresh mint
1 cup water
Blend in high speed mixer until very smooth.