Zaid Dahhaj is a men’s health coach and co-host of The 2AM Podcast. He focuses a lot on the benefits of sunlight and being outside.
It’s weird that, in 2024, we are discussing the benefits of being outside, but here we are.
And we have the establishment to thank for that, from staying indoors during the Covid™ era, to video game culture and depopulation agendas.
Society is encouraged to be lazy, fat and sickly because it’s easier to control and surveil such people.
Don’t be lazy, fat and sickly.
Benefits of sunlight
My wife and I recently went camping in the Kalahari Desert. (More specifically, the Kgalagadi Park between South Africa, Namibia and Botswana). I deliberately wore no sunscreen and wore sunglasses only when there was too much glare from the sand.
I didn’t get sunburnt.
Sunlight plays a crucial role in the production of Vitamin D3 in our bodies.
When UVB rays from the Sun interact with our skin, they initiate a process essential for Vitamin D3 synthesis. As such, we should expose a significant amount of skin to direct sunlight daily. As in, be almost naked.
And avoid using sunscreen (or sunblock).
Many sunscreens block UVB rays, which is a terrible idea.
Skin cancer versus sunscreen
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with about five million people treated each year. There are three main types:
- Basal cell carcinomas make up 80% of skin cancers. They used to appear mainly in middle-aged people but now also in younger people. They grow slowly and rarely spread.
- Squamous cell carcinomas can grow deeper and spread, but this is rare. They are more common in darker-skinned people, often in areas not exposed to the Sun.
- Melanoma is less than 2% of skin cancers but is more dangerous if not treated.
Skin cancer rates in the US have doubled in the last 30 years.
Well, it could be linked to increased sunscreen use.
Meanwhile, authorities (like the CDC) still advise avoiding the sun and to use more sunscreen.
Wellbeing and full-light spectrum
Furthermore, lack of sunlight has been linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition characterised by depression and low energy during periods of limited sunlight.
Put another, less sunlight equals more depression.
As explained by Zaid, all of this can very simply be alleviated by exposing yourself to a full light spectrum by – wait for it – going outside.
And don’t wear sunglasses.
Unless there is too much glare.
Sunglasses – like sunscreen – block the full light spectrum from the Sun.
Sunlight exposure is beneficial for fat burning as well. It has been shown to help in reducing subcutaneous fat and indirectly affects visceral fat.
Being fat leads to diabetes and cardiovascular problems, and Vitamin D deficiencies have been associated with increased visceral fat production.
In other words,
- go outside wearing as little as possible,
- eat healthier (such as low carbs),
- don’t wear sunglasses,
- avoid sunscreen,
- gym outside, if you can, and
- remember that sunlight is not the enemy.
Obviously, burning is a bad idea.
Here’s my conversation with Zaid.