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Vitamin D: Crucial to Health

Vitamin D Most Overlooked Nutrient

 

To stay healthy this winter, don’t skimp on vitamin D!! Especially important for those in northern latitudes where sunlight is scarce in winter.

 

Are you tired, depressed, and weary during the winter? Chances are you’re vitamin D deprived!

 

Vitamin D may very well be the most vital and overlooked nutrient. Important to good overall health; making sure your heart, lungs, muscles and brain work well, supports strong bones and helps your body fight infection.

Women displaying symtoms of low vitamin D.

Vitamin D2 or Vitamin D3?

 

Vitamin D is difficult, some authorities claim impossible to get from foods. There are few foods that contain therapeutic levels of vitamin D to support your health needs and fortified foods may contain the toxic, synthetic form of vitamin D called ergocalciferol, or vitamin D2. Many mistakenly assume they aren’t at risk (of deficiency) because they drink milk, says Joseph Mercola, M.D.

 

Television Misinformation

It’s estimated that up to 85% of people suffer from a deficiency of vitamin D. Conventional media and modern medicine promote sun avoidance (and sunscreen), which can actually put your health in grave danger. Conventional physicians commonly prescribe vitamin D2. This form of vitamin D is 87% LESS effective than vitamin D3. Not surprising, considering conventional medicine does not include nutritional training in its curriculum.

 

Despite the news and its “misinformation” around the safety of vitamin D supplementation, nutritional experts agree the lack of balance between vitamin D and calcium and also magnesium and vitamin K2 are what (usually) cause the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, NOT excessive vitamin D as the implication may suggest.

Getting the right amount of vitamin D doesn’t depend on the foods you eat! Instead, getting the right amount depends on sun exposure and if you take a supplement with the right amount.

-Vitamin D Council

Risk of Vitamin D

 

The Journal of American College of Nutrition  

published a scientific consensus paper presenting information that illustrates UV exposure not only provides benefits of vitamin D production but also many additional health benefits as well.

 

Are You at Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency?

According to the Vitamin D Council, 40% of the world is deficient in vitamin D. Some suggest as many as 75% of Americans may be suffering from a lack of this vital nutrient, pandemic in the United States.

Sunscreen can cause deficiency! It blocks your body’s ability to absorb the sun and in children can cause rickets.

 

Signs You May Have Vitamin D Deficiency

 

  • Frequent colds or flu

  • Frequently feel tired and achy (symptoms often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue)

  • Depression

 

Vitamin D helps these functions of the body:

  • Anti-cancer effects

  • Brain development

  • Cardiovascular health – Heart & circulation

  • Immune System – Helps you fight infection

  • Muscle function

  • Respiratory system – Healthy lungs & airways

  • Your body requires vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus, essential for developing the structure and strength of your bones.

 

Best Ways to Get Vitamin D

 

Of course, nothing beats Mother Nature, however, when sunlight isn’t available you have other options.

 

Go tanning!

 

Go to the islands… You needn’t take a vacation to get the warmth and vitamin D benefits to stay healthy this winter (or anytime the gray days have you down).

Reni and Scampy at the beach, for the newsletter.

Sun Tan beds, are not harmful or likely to cause cancer. In fact, researchers have proven that you get the same benefits of the sun.

Use common sense

and get half the exposure it takes for your skin to burn. When the days turn dark and the rains set in, I often tan for 15 minutes several times per week and gradually increase to 20 minutes.

 

The Vitamin D Council recommends using a low-pressure bed that has a good amount of UVB light, rather than high-intensity UVA light.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

A UV lamp that emits ultraviolet radiation similar to sunlight and thus produces vitamin D3 in the skin is an excellent alternative for Cystic Fibrosis, and Short Bowel Syndrome patients who suffer from vitamin D deficiency due to fat malabsorption, especially during the winter months when natural sunlight is unable to produce vitamin D3in the skin. This UV lamp is widely available for commercial home use and could potentially be prescribed to patients with CF or SBS.

Supplements

 

Supplementation is strongly advised; however, buyer beware. At Eden’s Corner, our mission is to provide you the highest quality resources at the best price. “Bargain” supplements found at drug stores or big box chains often contain synthetic vitamins and other harmful ingredients that are toxic to your body. And a waste of money.

 

Choose a quality supplement. In capsules, or spray it’s a convenient, fool-proof way to guarantee your body is protected.

 

When you supplement with vitamin D be certain to take vitamin K2 as well.

 

How Much Do You Need?

The amount of vitamin D you will get from sun exposure depends on:

 

  • The color of your skin

  • Where you live

  • The time of day

  • The amount of skin you expose

Recommended Daily Vitamin D Intake Chart from 3 different sources.

Know Your Vitamin D Level

 

Consult your holistic physician regarding your vitamin D level. For your convenience you can purchase an In-home Vitamin D test kit here.

 

According to one large-scale study, optimal Vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer by as much as 60 percent. Keeping your levels optimized can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate and skin cancers and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation and Alzheimer’s.  

 

“We're now realizing that vitamin D deficiency is a major issue for the developing fetus. Pre-eclampsia, the most serious complication of pregnancy, is associated with vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is critically important for muscle function, which, of course, is important for birthing action. We showed a 400 percent reduced risk of women requiring a C-section if they simply were vitamin D sufficient at the time they gave birth.

 

We're now beginning to realize that in-utero vitamin D deficiency is more likely that the young children are going to have asthma and wheezing disorders. We're also now realizing that children who are vitamin D deficient are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis later in life, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease.

 

Studies have shown that if you improve your vitamin D status, it reduces risk of colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and a whole host of other deadly cancers by 30 to 50 percent. You need to realize that vitamin D is playing a very important role in helping to maintain cell growth and to help fight cancer when a cancer cell is developing in your body."

 

– Michael Holick, M.D. Vitamin D researcher, author of

The Vitamin D Solution

Important Note: Consult your holistic healthcare provider if you have certain health problems or taking certain medicines.

Vitamin D: The sunshine vitamin.

For good health, happiness, and a sunny disposition!

 

We suggest you consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any supplement regimen or stopping any medicines you are currently taking. You’ve got to understand that allopathic doctors are not trained to treat their patients in the care of the human body. They have virtually no training in diet and nutrition, and treat symptoms of disease with pharmaceutical drugs. These toxic drugs create even more symptoms resulting in an unbalanced, malnourished-poisoned physical state.

 

Seek a nutritionally-informed physician such as a functional medicine doctor or naturopathic physician if possible. They have been trained to heal your body holistically; body, mind and soul. Naturally, the way nature/God intended. Find a functional medicine doctor here.

 

 

The information contained herein is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any manner. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.

Always consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program.

 

Sources:

What is vitamin D?

by Vitamin D Council

 

The Vitamin D Solution

by Michael Holick, M.D.

 

Vitamin D Resource Page

by Dr. Mercola

 

Avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor for all-cause mortality... 

by Journal of Internal Medicine

 

How do I get the vitamin D my body needs?

by The Vitamin D Council

 

New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers

by New York Times

3 Reasons You May Not be Getting Enough Vitamin D this Summer

by Dr. Mercola

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