Vitamin D

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Contrary to popular belief, vitamin D was thought only to benefit bone health, however, recent discoveries suggest that vitamin D has significantly more far-reaching effects and plays a huge role in the overall health of the body. It has even been suggested that vitamin D should be reclassified as a hormone. In fact, vitamin D is known to support the body’s health systems in a variety of ways. This is why one of the most important things anyone can do for their health is to learn about the benefits of proper sunlight exposure and vitamin D supplementation.
Many people in our modern society are like cavemen because they are cooped up inside all day and not getting enough of the sun’s rays. Therefore, they are unable to get the vitamin D they require. Research suggests that up to 85% of people could be deficient in vitamin D without knowing it, which leaves them with less-than-optimal health. Current scientific research suggests that all cells and tissues in the body have vitamin D receptors and that every cell and tissue needs vitamin D for its well-being. Vitamin D is responsible for the regulation of over 2,000 genes in the body
Vitamin D engages in very complex metabolic processes within the body. Scientists believe that vitamin D serves a wide range of fundamental biological functions relating to many aspects of people’s health. The skin naturally produces the body’s supply of vitamin D from direct exposure to bright midday sun with a mere ten or fifteen minutes’ exposure per day. Most people either intentionally or unintentionally avoid the sun by smearing on sunscreen that blocks the beneficial wavelengths that produce vitamin D in the skin. This is largely due to the misinformation campaign from the media and conventional medicine that created a fear of sunshine.
Vitamin D has an incredible array of support for systems and functions in the body…
Heart health
Cell formation and cell longevity
Skin health
Pancreatic health
Aging process
Sleep patterns
Hearing
Reproductive health
Athletic performance
Eye health
Vascular system health
Respiratory health
Immune health… Most people feel in better health during the summer sunshine months
Healthy mood and feelings of well-being
Weight management, including carbohydrate and fat metabolism
Hair and hair follicles
Strong and healthy bones, because vitamin D encourages calcium uptake
Muscles
Proper digestion and food absorption
Since healthy levels of vitamin D protect and promote so many of the body’s functions, and having too little vitamin D may not have any outwardly obvious signs, deficiency could may mean the body lacks the tools it needs to keep the body in optimal health. Making sure there is sufficient vitamin D a very important issue that all people should address.
Vitamin D is very rare in foods, and is only available in very limited quantities in eggs, liver and fatty fish. The best way to get vitamin D is through direct sunlight on the skin. It’s the most natural way to acquire vitamin D, and the body can self-regulate the amount that is received. Even on cloudy days the body can still receive some of the sun’s wavelengths. However, what about the people that live in northerly climates where direct sunlight is unavailable for months at a time?
One alternative is to regularly use a tanning bed that utilizes UV-B rays which provide the exact ray wavelengths that provide the optimal health benefits for the body.  The other alternative is internal supplementation which usually come in the form of sprays.
There are many ways that people are not getting the right amounts of vitamin D. It is known that car, home, and office windows block most of the sun’s wavelengths that the skin needs to produce vitamin D. People who live in an industrial area with high-sulfur content air pollution (acid haze) blocking the sun’s rays, their levels are likely low. If it’s rainy alot, day after day, lack of sun exposure will lower levels. Even on sunny days people tend to put on lotions, light weight but long sleeve shirts and pants which block out the sun’s valuable wavelengths. There are even some population groups that are more likely to have lower-than-optimal vitamin D levels than others.
People with limited sunlight exposure. During the long grey winter months in northern latitudes, you may need to supplement or have access to a safe tanning bed.
Overweight people. Individuals who are overweight often have considerably higher needs for vitamin D because vitamin D is oil-soluble and hidden in their fat.
Pregnant women. New evidence suggests that vitamin D levels during pregnancy may be critically important for the mom and her baby.
The elderly. As people age, the skin loses the ability to generate vitamin D and the elderly tend to spend more time indoors.
Dark-skinned people. Darker-skinned people have higher melanin levels, which blocks UVB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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