(The Best Years in Life)
Itís high summer, just the right time to
start building up Vitamin D stores so
you can increase your chances of making
it through the winter without colds, flu
or cancer. Vitamin D made now and into
the fall by the reaction of sun on
exposed skin is stored in the body for
several months, enough to see you
through until the sun shines again in
bother getting Vitamin D from the sun when you can take a supplement instead?
ĎVitaminí D isnít really a vitamin at all. It is a hormone and it functions in
the body as other hormones do, meaning that taking a supplement of it suppresses
the bodyís natural production and the net result may be less Vitamin D rather
2008, a research team from Australia found that vitamin D supplements actually
suppress the immune system and can make diseases worse because they reduce
immunity rather than heightening it as does the sun.
as other hormones have receptors in the body, so does Vitamin D. Through its
receptors, Vitamin D influences the expression of more than a thousand genes,
including those that promote cancer and other diseases such as multiple
According to natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola MD, the body regulates the
production of all the Vitamin D it needs in conjunction with sunshine. The two
work as a team. Supplements of Vitamin D dysregulate this process and have been
associated with many chronic disease states.
general rule, itís a good idea to get nutrients and compounds from their natural
sources so that the cofactors that enhance their functioning in the body are
also present. Nature has always known how to do it best!
Vitamin D naturally found in only a handful of foods? The answer seems to be
that humans were not meant to swallow Vitamin D. If this is true, it means that
even infants should receive regular exposure to the sun as soon as they stop
being breastfed, assuming that their mothers have adequate Vitamin D in their
breast milk. If not, Dr. Mercola says newborn infants are designed to get
Vitamin D from sun exposure.
What happens to people deficient in Vitamin D?
report published in June that examined Vitamin D deficiency and the clinical
consequences, low levels of Vitamin D were associated with cardiovascular
disease, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, tuberculosis, many types
of cancer and increased mortality. Vitamin D deficiency was related to
depression and impaired cognitive functioning. Aging and elevated body fat mass
were cited as contributing to an increased risk of Vitamin D deficiency.
a mild Vitamin D deficiency may not produce clinical symptoms, it can cause
tiredness and generalized aches and pains. A more severe deficiency can cause
serious problems such as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. During
the perimenopause stage, which begin around age 32, women need increased amounts
of Vitamin D, and during menopause the decline of estrogens and progesterone
result in a decrease in bone mineral density and an elevated risk of fractures.
This is exacerbated by a deficiency of Vitamin D.
people at in increased risk of vitamin D deficiency include pregnant or
breastfeeding women, all infants and young children, and people over the age of
65. And of course, all people who wear sunscreen in a misguided effort to court
good health. People with darker skin tones and those with certain gut, liver or
kidney conditions also need more Vitamin D.
study published this year, researchers examined the role of Vitamin D metabolism
and activity on the initiation of cancer. They found that
Vitamin D plays a part in the suppression of cancer cell invasion, progression,
and metastasis. Sunlight exposure and the consequent increased levels of
circulating Vitamin D are associated with the reduction of occurrence and death
from several types of cancer, including skin, prostate, breast, colon, ovarian,
kidney and bladder. Vitamin D receptors are highly expressed in cells at risk
for the initiation of cancer, signaling deficiency of the hormone itself.
Vitamin D receptor expression is retained in many human tumors to mark that
deficiency, and Vitamin D status may be an important modulator of cancer
progression in those with the disease.
rid of that sunscreen or give it to someone you donít like (just kidding).
Whatever else you do, take some clothes off and get out in the sun.
Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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