The signature ‘cyclist’s tan’ may help you recognise fellow roadies, but long days cycling in the sun can have a more serious impact. Studies from Cancer Research UK found the amount of men and women dying from skin cancer has increased in the last three decades, suggesting that we fail to treat our skin with the respect it deserves when it comes to sun damage.
The article fails to mention that there are sweat-proof sunscreen lotions available. The jury is still out on whether sunscreen even helps with respect to skin cancer, as roughly a third of reported cases occur in non-exposed portions of skin (potential indication of genetic predisposition).
If you’re as fair-skinned as the average northern European, you only need about 20 minutes per day. All you have to show is an area of skin about the size of your face.
Without vitamin D from sunlight exposure, lactose assists with the use of calcium. So, cultures with easy access to leafy greens plus sunlight or fish, calcium is taken care of and milk has no advantage. Cultures without access to leafy greens, sunlight or seafood need dairy either as a source of calcium, lactose, or both. You can read more about it in a previous post.
New research suggests a surprising factor in human longevity. A look at 200 years of birth records found that high solar activity in a person’s birth year was correlated with a five-year reduction in lifespan.
Please see my kickstarter for X-Baby iShields. Moms just need to wear this lead apron* from time of possible conception to birth. Plus, it will keep you fit, as walking around with forty pounds of lead is good exercise.
*Lead may be harmful to babies. There isn’t 100% consensus. Teach the controversy.