Great news! You can extend your lifespan, ward off colds, viruses, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and get a mental lift….all for FREE!
This post is longer than usual but this info can prevent wrinkles and save your life!
Your body needs sunlight just like it needs nutrients. With the help of the sun, we synthesize Vitamin D in our skin, which is used by every organ system in the body.
It is estimated that 90% of the U.S. Population is deficient in Vitamin D and here’s why:
- Most people work indoors and get very little sunlight
- Most people do not get the needed 15-20 minutes of sun exposure 3 – 5 days per week
- Sunscreen with an SPF of 8 reduces Vitamin D production by 95%
- The older you are the more sun exposure you need to get enough Vitamin D
- The darker your skin the more sun you need
- If you are overweight, Vitamin D becomes trapped in body fat and cannot exert its effects.
- Where you live is a factor too. If you live anywhere above Atlanta, Georgia you cannot get enough Vitamin D from the sun 6 months out of the year.
- Very few foods naturally contain Vitamin D. Those that do, only contain a small amount. (salmon, sardines, eggs)
You can no longer blame the sun for skin cancer. Yes we have been duped on this too! Think about it, people have lived and worked out in the sun for 1,000’s of years but it wasn’t until the last 20 – 30 years that we have seen such a dramatic increase in skin cancer.
Just like heart disease, diabetes, and most internal cancers, what you eat (or don’t eat) plays a significant role in the progression and development of skin cancer.
Science has proven that there are some foods which strongly promote skin cancer. One of the strongest promoters of skin cancer AND WRINKLES is polyunsaturated omega-6 fats. These fats are found primarily in vegetable and seed oils.
What is most processed food made from? Vegetable oil. You simply cannot ignore the correlation between the rise in the consumption of processed food, and the rise in skin cancer and many other types of cancer.
Scientific research has also proven that Vitamin D, in addition to the noticeable lift it gives your mood, also helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar; improves your immunity, regulates your weight; increases muscle strength; normalizes sleep cycles; and boost brain function.
A deficiency of Vitamin D is clearly associated with an increased risk of a long list of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, behavioral disorders, depression, gluten intolerance, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, infertility, and tooth decay.
When it comes to the flu, interestingly enough, flu season is in the winter when you get the least sun exposure and this is when Vitamin D levels fall to their lowest point. A person with low vitamin D levels is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.
When it comes to the flu shot, a recent study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu appeared to have no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons.
After adjusting for potentially relevant variables, the researchers concluded that “significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting” examined.
The conclusion that many doctors have made, including Dr. Mercola: Vitamin D is more effective at warding off the flu than the flu shot.
For me the #1 reason to avoid the flu shot at all cost… .the majority of flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury, an amount considered safe if you weigh 500 lbs or more!
A study by Dr. William Grant, Ph.D., internationally recognized research scientist and vitamin D expert, found that about 30 percent of cancer deaths — which amounts to 2 million worldwide and 200,000 in the United States — could be prevented each year with higher levels of vitamin D.
Other studies showed that you can decrease your risk of cancer by more than half simply by optimizing your vitamin D levels with sun exposure.
Scientists have noted for some time that heart disease has a higher incidence in northern climates, during the winter and at lower altitudes.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health did a study where they checked the blood levels of vitamin D in 454 men with severe heart disease. They compared this data with the blood of 900 men who had no evidence of heart disease. The results…men with low levels of vitamin D had an increased risk of heart disease.
How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?
Based on the most recent research, the current recommendation for dosage via oral supplementation is 35 IU’s of vitamin D per pound of body weight.
So for a child weighing 40 pounds, the recommended average dose would be 1,400 IU’s daily, and for a 170-pound adult, the dose would be nearly 6,000 IU’s.
Vitamin D Dose Recommendations
Age & Dosage
Below 5: 35 units per pound per day
Age 5 – 10: 2500 units
Age 18 – 30: 5000 units
Pregnant Women: 5000 units
The ONLY way to know how much Vitamin D you need is to test your blood levels. You might need 4-5 times the amount recommended above. Ideally your blood level of 25 OH D should be 60ng/ml.
It is best to get your Vitamin D from a variety of sources….food and sunlight and supplements. I personally take 5,000 IU’s per day of Vitamin D3 which is the version of Vitamin D you get from the sun.
Information taken from Mercola.com and The Natural Health Dossier Research Team, a privately funded research group.