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I notice I tan much more easily now

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2011 at 4:03 AM

...since eating the paleo way, which I started about 1.5 years ago. I am generally a bit tanner than most people already and do not burn easily.

I never thought too much about it until today, when I was in the direct sun (fall in Southern California) for only an hour and noticed an undeniably more prominent farmer's tan when I showered shortly thereafter. No skin irritation or stinging.

Has anyone else noticed the same effect? Could it be a negative sign?

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on March 01, 2012
at 12:31 PM

So what is it now? Edward, you skip liver = less vitamin A, not less vitamin D. WCC Paul, if vitamin D is high, wouldn't the body tan more easily? Africans have more trouble with vitamin D because their skin is dark, so wouldn't a dark skin be a good thing when you have enough vitamin D?

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on October 24, 2011
at 03:22 PM

Vitiligo is looking to be another autoimmune disease. I think wheat and grains are huge factors but most people with vitiligo have clinical symptoms of a leaky gut or gut dysbiosis. I would tell you there that the better the gut the better you will get. If you read some of my blog posts on autoimmunity you will see how vitamin d and the galt work together to block formation of inflammasomes and block toll receptors and limit IL 1 generation.

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on October 24, 2011
at 05:18 AM

So Jack, what is it that is reversing vitiligo in me? I was certain that it was my D3 supplementation - but if adding in D3 doesn't help increase the probability of tanning, then it seems it also shouldn't increase the melanin in the skin. It's such a big subject, a bit confusing.

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on October 23, 2011
at 07:56 PM

I'd have a tendency to agree with Quilt, if I skip liver for a couple weeks I start tanning easier, I don't really look at it as a necessarily good thing.

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on October 23, 2011
at 08:14 AM

Maybe it's possible that *up to a certain point* a higher Vitamin D level will result in increased tanning ability but after that point the curve will head in the other direction and a higher Vitamin D level will mean *decreased* tanning ability instead. Which might make sense: the body is full and doesn't need any more. (Btw I haven't looked at Dr. K's post yet.)

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on October 23, 2011
at 05:00 AM

tanning more easily means a lower vitamin D level. The higher the level the less one will tan or burn.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on October 23, 2011
at 04:58 AM

Accutane and high vitamin A levels in the skin will make you less susceptible to tans. Also extended uses of coconut oils orally and topically will do the same when your phospholipid membranes are replaced by better FFA mixes. Higher Vitamin D levels will do this only if the skin O6 to 3 content is below 7 to 1. This is when vitamin D metabolites actually protect us from cancers in the skin. Dermatologists never speak on this because most of their patients with skin cancer have high skin O6 levels. The reason higher vitamin D levels do this is that above 50ng the human body makes Vitamin D binding protein in high amounts in the skin that is our bank account to get us through the winter. But the side effect of a high D is that our skin has higher Vitamin D metabolites that protect us even better from the sun. Check out my blog on this topic. It is pretty complete.

http://jackkruse.com/the-sunshine-of-your-life/

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on October 24, 2011
at 05:18 AM

So Jack, what is it that is reversing vitiligo in me? I was certain that it was my D3 supplementation - but if adding in D3 doesn't help increase the probability of tanning, then it seems it also shouldn't increase the melanin in the skin. It's such a big subject, a bit confusing.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 24, 2011
at 03:22 PM

Vitiligo is looking to be another autoimmune disease. I think wheat and grains are huge factors but most people with vitiligo have clinical symptoms of a leaky gut or gut dysbiosis. I would tell you there that the better the gut the better you will get. If you read some of my blog posts on autoimmunity you will see how vitamin d and the galt work together to block formation of inflammasomes and block toll receptors and limit IL 1 generation.

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on October 23, 2011
at 04:15 AM

It means your vitamin D status is better. That could be because you're supplementing D, or because you gave up wheat, which depletes D.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 23, 2011
at 05:00 AM

tanning more easily means a lower vitamin D level. The higher the level the less one will tan or burn.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 23, 2011
at 08:14 AM

Maybe it's possible that *up to a certain point* a higher Vitamin D level will result in increased tanning ability but after that point the curve will head in the other direction and a higher Vitamin D level will mean *decreased* tanning ability instead. Which might make sense: the body is full and doesn't need any more. (Btw I haven't looked at Dr. K's post yet.)

B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on October 23, 2011
at 07:56 PM

I'd have a tendency to agree with Quilt, if I skip liver for a couple weeks I start tanning easier, I don't really look at it as a necessarily good thing.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 01, 2012
at 12:31 PM

So what is it now? Edward, you skip liver = less vitamin A, not less vitamin D. WCC Paul, if vitamin D is high, wouldn't the body tan more easily? Africans have more trouble with vitamin D because their skin is dark, so wouldn't a dark skin be a good thing when you have enough vitamin D?

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on October 23, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I have been pretty strict Paleo for about 6 months, and a few weeks ago went to a bluegrass festival and spent most of 3 days outdoors, never giving a thought to the sun or sunscreen (besides enjoying the weather), wearing a tank top or no shirt, etc. I definitely got a lot of exposure, on one side especially (the side exposed to the sun as it was setting while I was watching music).

I got a little crispy on that side (slightly sore, skin warm to the touch at night). It was not that uncomfortable, and the skin never peeled, and after 2 days it felt normal again (and looked a bit darker). This is definitely much more resistant to burning and quicker healing from exposure than a year or two ago. I am fair/middle caucasian complexion, and previously, and hour or two in the sun unprotected would have been enough to cause a burn and then 2-3 days later the skin peeling. I think the benefit is from the diet and more natural exposure to the sun this summer.

I am leaning towards never using sunscreen again and just getting as much exposure as I feel like, despite all of the fear around the sun these days. I'm sad that the summer is ending and I will have to be happy with mild autumnal and winter sun for 6 months.

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on October 23, 2011
at 06:10 AM

I'm finding something only somewhat similar. While reading Dr. Cordain's Paleo book, which got me the last part of motivation I needed to start the diet, I noticed his section on Vit. D. It seems to me that he says people who are out-and-about more are much less likely to get skin cancer than those who aren't in the sun for long periods and then exposed later. He seems to say the sun is good for Vit. D - use it in moderation, start-out slow. Since reading that, I don't bother to put sunscreen on for my daily morning walk. I live in the US SW desert. It is the end of Summer, though and I still have a bit of tan from our pool season. I guess what I noticed was more a change in my attitude about the sun on my skin. It's OK in small doses, especially when I'm already tan.

I say if your Vit. D status is better, that's GREAT! Enjoy your tan.

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