Whether it is the UVB rays needed to produce vitamin D3, the infrared rays to stimulate nitric oxide or the full-spectrum light exposure that resets our circadian rhythm and enhances the feel good hormone serotonin. The sun can do it all. It can even boost immunity, kill viruses and even just like plants, provide us with energy.
And it is no surprise that ancient civilizations knew very well about the power of the sun.
Sunlight therapy was considered to be an important part of athletic training in ancient Greece. Philostratus wrote about Olympic athletes requiring heliotherapy (“helio” means “sun” in Greek) to improve muscle health. Heliotherapy, in fact, was touted to “cure weak and flabby muscles” and increase muscle size by Greek physicians such as Antyllus and philosophers such as Herodotus. These beliefs were also practiced in ancient Rome and Arabia.
As a society, we have not only forgotten the power of the sun but been told to cover up in toxic chemicals and avoid it. And now in COVID19 times, we are telling people to avoid the beaches! Sounds like instructions tailored to create illness.
While we should avoid burning, getting adequate sunlight 2 to 3 times weekly is critical to well-being, immunity, and performance. (And please know that it is a must remove processed oils from your diet when getting sun exposure as these will make you more likely to burn as they damage your cell membranes.)
So here was my experiment that shows the power of the sun..
1200; I had my normal daily servings of CHOCOBERRY BLAST™ in my blender drink
1415: I had a serving of FUNDAMINOS™ and our new SPARQ™ performance blend. (I am super excited about this update. It contains creatine, HMB, Yerba Mate and a combination of the very effective Peak ATP and Rip Factor, a synergistic blend of extracts from two well-known botanicals from the Ayurvedic medicine tradition. More on this soon!)
1445: I lied in the sun for 14 minutes while doing deep breathing and listening to some binaural beats music
1500: I checked my nitric oxide levels. And as you can see they were at a very good level!