It's summer time, all the kids are out of school. The smell of freshly cut grass and the sound of an ice cream truck two streets over.
I'm in middle school and unfortunately I find myself in a very large tee shirt swimming in a pool. I'm the only one and the other kids can tell I'm ashamed of my increasingly curvy body. My chest is huge and of coarse there is that one bully kid that has to poke me and call me a girl while talking about my "boobs".
The problem with this is that a fat kid covers up and covering up makes him more fat. Fast forward to this evening. I just got back from a run around the lake. I run with no shirt and have developed quite a tan. I've become very good friends with the sun. The more sun I get the better I feel about my body. I still have the stretch marks from being a fatty. I did a 6 month weight loss cut last year and got down to 166 which I admit was way too light for my 6 ft frame. I still had my loose skin a constant reminder that always makes me self-conscious. I will say that at this point I know that it is far better to expose as much skin as I can to the sun than to worry about what others will think especially since many people my age seem to be getting big pretty fast. I started paying attention when I started learning about the absolutely essential health benefits of natural sun light. A good (natural tan) is a good indicator of health. The more sun we get the better we function in general.
I wish I had learned this as a child. My fear of people seeing me kept the sun from seeing me too. Our skin is a solar panel built to absorb natural light. When properly exposed it will adjust to optimally absorb the light. Even when you close your eyes, your eyelids are there to absorb light. Did nature do this randomly? I don't think so. I think every inch of us is supposed to get sun. I'm not saying to go out and burn yourself to a crisp. The dose makes the poison. When you are in the sun your skin turns red because the iron raises to the surface to collect the light information from your environment. The body then boosts nitric oxide to shuttle the valuable light information to every part of your body telling the cells where you are so they can engage the proper chemical and hormonal mechanisms.
I have written blogs on light and the eyes being the primary windows for light information intake, but this one is to remind you about your skin. As blue blockers are slowly starting to gain traction, people often forget that any time you are in a fake light environment that warrants blue blockers, your skin is also being effected.
Find ways to get out in the sun with as little clothing as possible. If you want motivation, remember that the more light you get the more carbs you can eat without negative effects. An older man I know who now has a diabetes was asking me how many carbs he can eat. He is white as a ghost. I have him go back to the happiest time in his life.....mowing golf courses. This may sound funny but every time I speak to him mowing comes up. I understand because in the past I lived in Indiana and spent a lot of time mowing. I had the music on and a good feeling of giving the lawn an organized look. The other factor I overlooked was the sun. I asked the man how tan he was when he was mowing. He said he was very dark. I knew this because I had seen pictures of him then. I asked if he ever worried about where his health was at back then. He answered "not at all". I said "when you are as tan as you were back then you can eat more carbs." This doesn't mean you can eat anything in the sun and not get fat but I will say you can eat more carbs and they will not have the fat gain or negative effects as when they are eaten indoors or even worse: under fake light.
Plants eat light and convert that light to sugars and then you eat those sugars. The body in a natural light environment that creates sugars knows how to process those sugars. Take the same sugars and give them to an Inuit up north. No plants eating light and making sugars there so the foods are stable animal meat, fat and fish.
It's currently summer and I'm getting as much natural light as I can as well as covering my skin when indoors under fake light. My front yard has a wonderful peach tree and you better believe I'm loving those carbs. They where grown in the same light that hits my skin every day. I make it a point to only eat them outside with my shirt off. I visualize the light that the fruit contains being re-expressed inside my gut and syncing perfectly, calibrating my inner and outer environment, so I'm not worried about being keto right now. I'll save that for the winter when the fruit trees are bare, the way it should be.
I wish I could go back and tell the middle school version of me: "take the shirt off and maybe you'll have less fat to hide." Stop the sunglasses, sunscreen, covering up, skip the spray on tans and testosterone injections. Stop the fakeness and be authentic. The sun will help you get through this life. Without it you are disconnected from the wireless power source and have to rely far too much on food for your light input. Take your shirt off and get some sunshine. It is what wirelessly powers us. You will be glad you did as every aspect of your health will benefit from sunlight and nature.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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