Don’t underestimate this simple step, it’s one of the best things you can do to boost your health. This should be on everyone’s supplement list. Most of the leading health experts say we actually need more Vitamin D than we’re told.
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Have you ever really thought about why basking in the sunlight feels so good?
Besides the warmth factor, our life, all life depends on it in various ways. For humans, one of the most important benefits is the production of Vitamin D. There are of course other important factors as well.
Important Hormonal Effects
Vitamin D may be misnamed. It is actually much more than a vitamin. The latest research shows that it functions as a hormone, a chemical messenger with widespread effects in the human body. Many proper bodily functions depend on it. No other substance known activates your good genes as effectively.
A Valuable Gift From The Sun
It’s so crucial to our health that our bodies are designed to create it themselves. Our body converts sunlight through the cholesterol in our skin into Vitamin D.
The problem is, unless you live near the equator with most ALL of your body exposed, you’re probably deficient. Despite the fact that most of us just don’t have the lifestyle to make this possible, you would be wise to try to use the sun as your primary source of Vitamin D because of all the co-factors this provides.
Do the Opposite of What You’ve Been Told
You might be surprised however, that the latest research shows that we should be out in the sun MID-DAY, and WITHOUT sunscreen for best Vitamin D production. I know, this is the opposite of what the Health Care Industry suggests. Sunscreen will actually block your skin’s production of Vitamin D. The best Vitamin D production happens at the peak hours of direct overhead sun.
Sunscreen Does Not Protect You From Skin Cancer
The protection from UVA and burning might actually come from your diet, and from covering up, not the chemicals you put on your skin.
You see sunscreen protects your skin mostly from UVB. However, skin cancer is shown to mostly come from UVA exposure. So, you are in a sense, just blocking the natural signal that lets you know you’ve had too much time in the direct sun (burning), while you allow the more harmful UVA bypass the sunscreen without producing crucial Vitamin D.
You still need to be cautious if you don’t eat well, health is compromised, or you’re just beginning with this.
Some health experts like Marcus Rothkranz, suggest that skin cancer is not actually caused by reactions to the sun, but by the toxins being released from inside the body and onto the skin, which are then being baked into the skin.
What’s more, you’ll find that many of the chemicals in sunscreen can actually cause cancer as well.
How To Protect Yourself
Try experimenting with coconut oil, neem oil, avocado oil, or other natural sun protectants and nourishing ingredients that won’t block the skin’s ability to take-in and convert sunlight to vitamin D.
The best foods to eat for UV protection are darker pigments like reds, greens, blues, purples, and especially blacks. Astaxanthin (the natural pink pigment in some shellfish and salmon) is another excellent food source for many health benefits besides UV protection.
You can use a hat, or zinc based products for your face as it has thinner skin and is more prone to burning. If you’re out for an extended period of time, you’re better off covering up. A great resource for the healthiest sunscreens is Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
Another wise reminder is to not put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. What you put on your skin, gets absorbed by the skin, bypasses your natural filter (your liver), and goes directly into your bloodstream…yuck!
Supplementing with Vitamin D
Vitamin D is also very important for optimal bone, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, and immune health. It’s one of the most essential nutrients we need. It is believed to activate more of or good genes than any other substance, and be one of the best things you can do to boost your health
Be sure your supplement says it’s the D3 form, and not the synthetic D2 version (like that added to some milk).
The Important Synergy of Vitamin K2 and Vitamin D
Always supplement Vitamin K2 with D3. If your K2 levels are low, D3 can’t be utilized by the cells. Vitamin D3, Magnesium, and Calcium all create a higher demand for K2 proteins, so you don’t want to be deficient.
Think of Vitamin K2 as the guide (The second highest mountain in the world is K2, located in the Himalayas. So, thinking of a mountain guide will be easy).
K2 guides the Vitamin D3, Magnesium, and Calcium to where they need to go, and away from areas they don’t. It can even redirect excess calcium in joints and arteries back where it should be, similar to a sherpa picking up lost trekkers to get them down the mountain.
Have no fear, according to one of the world’s leading experts Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, you can’t overdose on K2, because it’s self-regulating.
Although it may be more economical in the long run to purchase these vitamins separately, you can find them bottled together. Whether you choose cost, or convenience, it is still advised to take them together.
Vitamin D3 comes in different forms and amounts. You can find pills, drops, and sprays.
Many of the best sources suggest 5,000-8,000iu /day for adults, more if you’re fighting a disease. It really depends on your normal levels. You may want to get your blood tested to see how deficient you initially are.
Experts like Dr. Joseph Mercola, recommend that ideally, an adult’s blood level of Vitamin D (25(OH)D) should be 50-70ng/ml.
Natural Sources Include:
- Sunlight – Sunlight on bare skin is the best source. Eat naturally black, purple, and blue food to protect you from ultra-violet light. Sunscreen blocks your ability to make Vitamin D. Sun exposure also needs to be at the sun’s peak in the day.
- Wild Salmon or Trout – Don’t eat farmed fish, which are fed GMOs and artificial astaxanthin.
- Eggs – from pasture raised, organic-fed chickens
Vitamin D Benefits:
One of the best things you can do to boost your health
- One of the most essential nutrients you need
- Turns on more of your good genes than any other nutrient
- Thousands of beneficial effects
- Critical for:
- cardiovascular health
- bone and joint health
- neuromuscular health
- brain health
- optimal happiness and wellbeing
- immune system
- Dr Joseph Mercola (mercola.com) -For more expert advice on Vitamin D, check out his extensive number of articles.
- Markus Rothkranz – (markusrothkranz.com) One of the healthiest experts I‘ve come across. He lives his message!
- Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue – For some of the best information on Vitamin K2, author of Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox.
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