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November 2013

Vitamin D from Sunlight

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Today vitamin D is the center of attention not only of our publication, but also of the world scientific community, which is closely studying this amazing hormone. Yes, many scientists, for good reason, class it as a hormone. Studies show that about 1 billion people in the world suffer from an obvious or hidden vitamin D deficiency. The range of its effect is really surprising. Judge for yourself, this miracle vitamin is vital not only for bone health (I’m sure everyone knows how important it is in absorbing calcium and preventing problems such as osteoporosis), but also for preventing cancer and brain disorders. However, the list of its useful effects can be continued: heart disease, stroke, various infections from influenza to tuberculosis, type 1 and 2 diabetes, dementia, depression, insomnia, weak muscles, osteoarthritis, articular rheumatism, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and hypertension. If vitamin D deficiency can provoke these diseases, its normal level will prevent them. Vitamin D has a direct effect on our genes. Think about these figures: there are about 30,000 genes in our body, and our “hero” vitamin is associated with more than 3,000 of them; that is, it directly binds to DNA and activates a gene that stops chronic inflammations in the body that cause almost 80% of all diseases. This is the answer to the question of why an optimal level of vitamin D is so important for the prevention of many diseases. This vitamin is the best way to prevent influenza and viral diseases. It regulates genes that affect the immune system and increases the production of antimicrobial peptides that destroy cell walls of viruses and bacteria. A low level of vitamin D, not the viruses around us, is the real cause of seasonal flu epidemics. Instead of relying on potentially dangerous and often ineffective cold medicines, raise your vitamin D level to the optimum – this will be your reliable protection against seasonal respiratory diseases.

 

Make Friends with the Sun!

The most interesting thing about the relationship of our body with this miracle vitamin is that the average person who does not have any health anomalies, and if he/she is not a resident of the very far North and latitudes where the sun is a rare visitor, does not need special supplements, vitamins or capsules to optimize its level. After all, the main source of vitamin D is sunlight. Imagine this amazing and even somewhat magical process: sunlight falls on your skin, and the body produces vitamin D and accumulates it for later use. That’s why you should make friends with the sun! The interaction of the sun’s rays and the skin increases the level of antimicrobial lymphocytes (white blood cells). This property was used by doctors as an effective treatment for tuberculosis 100(!) years before the discovery of antibiotics. Cosmeticians today recommend the use of sunscreens, but even weak products with SPF 8 block the body’s ability to produce vitamin D by 95%. Fear of skin cancer and early aging are the main reasons for all the hysteria about the harm of being in the sun. There is no confirmed scientific evidence that moderate sun baths significantly increase the risk of tumors and a deadly form of cancer – melanoma. Of course, we need to avoid sunburns, which often cause melanoma. In this situation, it’s better to be guided by common sense. I believe that the danger of being in the sun is greatly exaggerated, and the benefits are underestimated. We’ve been absolutely categorically convinced that the sun is bad for us. This is sad because this statement does not correspond to the truth.

 

Five Sun Rules

  1. Getting the skin used to the sun should be gradual. You need to build up a protective skin barrier sunlight by regularly and gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the sun, ideally daily. Tanned skin protects against sunburns and provides natural protection against an excess of vitamin D, which we get in a natural way from the sun. It’s much more dangerous to completely avoid sunlight. For those who receive a regular and moderate dose of ultraviolet, the likelihood of melanoma is significantly lower compared to those who do not.
  2. The first sun baths should not exceed 10-20 minutes, if you have fair skin. Dark-skinned people have a higher level of melanin, which blocks UVB radiation and limits the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3. They need to spend 3-4 times longer in the sun to generate the same amount of vitamin D than people with fair skin. For example, that’s why prostate cancer caused by vitamin D deficiency is so common among dark-skinned men. Morning and evening sunlight is the most effective: during these periods the ultraviolet wavelength is the most optimal and does not cause sunburns.
  3. Avoid sunburns of the skin! They provoke skin cancer – melanoma. Intense burning and redness of the skin will not increase the production of vitamin D, but can harm it at the cellular level. Try to take more antioxidants during holidays – green juices or smoothies, fruits, goji berries (not juice), raspberries, blackberries, blueberries. People whose diet is rich in antioxidants get sunburned much less often. Be sure to take Omega-3 fatty acids, since a lack of them in the body increases the likelihood of skin cancer more than the sun.
  4. Sunlight penetrates best and is absorbed by the skin through the face, neck, hands, back and chest. I recommend protecting the face right away: pigmentation spots on the face do not make a woman prettier. Put on a hat and apply coconut oil or organic sunscreen to your face. Within 20-40 minutes after the received dose of vitamin D, apply organic sunscreen to the whole body.
  5. Sunscreens block the penetration of sunlight through the skin, and thus prevent the formation of vitamin D, but the interaction of their synthetic components with sunlight creates a particularly dangerous toxic cocktail that goes straight to the blood! It takes only 26 seconds for this poison to reach all vital organs. The largest amount of toxic substances penetrates through the skin! So buy sunscreens that do not contain heavy metals and toxic substances in organic stores.

 

Be aware of the positive and negative effects of ultraviolet exposure, as well as necessary protection measures. With new data on the beneficial properties of vitamin D, I hope you will begin to monitor your health more closely. One of my goals was to tell you how important this vitamin is for life, to encourage you to act and to accept gifts that bring a healthy level of vitamin D to the body.

 

Interesting Facts

  • Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone, that is, a deficiency affects the hormonal background of the whole body;
  • there are about 30,000 genes in the human body. Vitamin D affects more than 3,000 of them. This is one of the main reasons why achieving the optimal level is so important in preventing diseases such as cancer, autism, heart disease, arthritis, etc.;
  • Regulating hormones and genes, Vitamin D is directly linked to DNA. A sufficient level activates a gene that stops chronic inflammation in the body (almost 80% of all diseases);
  • Dark-skinned people have a higher level of melanin, which blocks UVB radiation and limits the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3. They need to spend 3-4 times longer in the sun than fair-skinned people. That’s why prostate cancer (caused by vitamin D deficiency) is common among dark-skinned men, for example;
  • a sufficient level of vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium;
  • pain and discomfort when pressing the sternum mean greater likelihood of a chronic vitamin D deficiency;
  • vitamin D is activated in the body by the kidneys and liver. Diseases of these organs significantly reduce the activation of the vitamin;
  • vitamin D more effectively defeats flu and is the best way to prevent it, as it regulates genes that affect the immune system and increase the production of antimicrobial peptides that destroy the cell walls of viruses and bacteria. A low level of vitamin D (not the viruses around us) is the real cause of seasonal flu epidemics;
  • before the discovery of antibiotics, sun baths were used in medicine as an effective tool in the treatment of tuberculosis. In 1903, Dr. Auguste Rollier began to treat his patients in Switzerland with sun baths, and was so successful that many hospitals in the world subsequentlyt accepted his method of treatment;
  • By maintaining vitamin D at 200 nmol/l, the risk of breast cancer in women is reduced by 77%.