This section is thanks to my friend who helps out with the blog. Because I feel that health and freedom of choice are so caught up in politics and there are a lot of misconceptions about health I want to begin to clear them up. Full thanks to my friend Anna for this section which we will talk about natural healthcare.
Toss that SPF and soak up some sun!: The Amazing Benefits of Vitamin D3
There’s a lot of popular misconceptions about sunlight and UVB rays. Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that several hours of sun exposure a week are in fact good for you, and decrease your risk of cancer as well as other serious health issues. Sunlight is the natural, free way of making sure your sufficient in Vitamin D.
This is because your skin synthesizes Vitamin D3 sulfate through the natural UVB rays of the sun. So it is readily available in the body, unlike oral D3 which requires LDL as a transport. So the orally ingested supplements may not provide as many heart health benefits as those provided from natural sunlight.
Studies show living in areas of the world with less exposure to sunlight have shown a significant increase in Vitamin D deficiency. The farther away you are from the equater, like areas such as the North East, the longer exposer to direct sunlight you need. Skin tone can also play a role in this.
If you cannot get enough exposer to the sun, safe tanning beds are a reliable alternative. Supplements such as oral D3 and codliver oil are the best choices for oral ingestion. Foods such as wild caught salmon are also good choices. Foods fortified with Vitamin D typically contain D2, which is inadequate to D3. It is enough to keep from malnourishment, but not enough to give you the amount your body truly needs.
Recent research has found adults need up to 2,000 to 5,000 IU and up, and can safely handle as much as 10,000 IU safely. The average body has the ability to stop build up of the vitamin, so there are no harmful side effects. The amount of IUs needed for overall health depend on age, as well as gender and weight.
Most doctors are not trained in testing for and treating Vitamin D deficiency. Many health issues are a result of the problem, from tooth decay and osteoporosis to obesity and insulin resistance. Studies have also indicated a link between Vitamin D and mental illnesses, especially depression and SAD.
Vitamin D is actually a master hormone, not a vitamin. It helps regulate hormones and genes. It plays a critical role in bone growth and regrowth, as well as immune system.
Some key health benefits-
Vitamin D is more effective at reducing dental caries than harmful flouride. It also regulates a gene that produces 200 anti-microbial peptides like cathelicidin that attacks oral bacteria.
Some studies suggest a link between Vitamin D levels and depression.
A sufficient supply of Vitamin D significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Vitamin D is also an important factor in weight loss. It helps with blood pressure, as well as insulin regulation.