3
Jan

Quote of the Month
“Vitamin D every day, helps to keep the doctor away!”

Happy New Year!

We thought it would be the perfect time of year to talk about Vitamin D. Here are 18 interesting facts about Vitamin D:

1. If you wear sunscreen or are behind glass, the UVB rays are blocked and you cannot make D

2. As your skin received sunshine and makes D, antioxidants are turned on in the skin of 91% of people. Their job is to deactivate the free radicals from UV radiation.

3. Depending on your skin colour, it make take 15-90 minutes of sun exposure to make sufficient D

4. If your sun exposure is in a polluted environment, D production is reduced as UVB rays are blocked.

5. Between the years 2009 and 2011, D levels in Canadian children dropped by 10.2%

6. Osteoporosis Canada recommends routine D supplementation for all Canadian adults ‘Year Round’.

7. As we age, our production of vitamin D declines due to the fact that as our skin thins, and there is less cholesterol available for the production of vitamin D with sun exposure.

8. New studies link low D serum levels with ordinary breast cancer incidence.

9. Conception rates, full-term births caesarean rates and birth weights, all relate directly to D levels.

10. Paediatricians insist breast milk does not contain sufficient D and encourage D supplementation.

11. The cells that pace our heartbeat need D to do their job.

12. White blood cells need adequate vitamin D to do their jobs properly; otherwise autoimmune diseases may occur. White blood cells seek out things like cancer cells and destroy them while you sleep…therefore get enough D!

13. In order to wake up refreshed and not aching all over you need adequate levels of D3.

14. With adequate D, at night when we sleep, our memories are solidified and our serotonin levels rise.

15. Vitamin D helps to improve memory and deal with stress more calmly.

16. D3 is more accurately defined as a hormone, a chemical that our bodies produce on our skin, in the presence of cholesterol and the suns’s UVB rays, that has a direct effect on other organs.

17. There are vitamin D receptors (VDRs) everywhere in our bodies, including our brainstem, stomach, GI tract, pancreas, blood cells, etc. D3 is essential to every cell, but this form is not found in food. Our body must synthesize it and our production of this hormone fluctuates seasonally.

18. Healthy bacteria, that make the majority of our B vitamins in our gut, die off when they don’t get enough vitamin D. The D receptors in our stomach are also directly involved with vitamin B absorption. When we can properly utilize the B vitamins from our food, it has a positive affect on our sleep.

….courtesy of Cheryl Millet

Did You Know?

* You need vitamin K2 and D3 together for absorption
* Vitamin D is fat soluble…that means you need to consume it with healthy ‘fats’ in order for it to be absorbed
* Vitamin D2, the prescription and chemical form of vitamin D is often added to foods. Rats can use this, but humans and other animals such as dogs cannot!
* ‘Vitamin’ refers to something that our body can’t make.

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9
Oct

The Sun and Vitamin D

It’s easy to overdo your sun exposure in your quest to finally spend some time outdoors… especially when your skin is lily-white from being inside for months — and not used to the sun.

Did you consider sunscreen? If you did, keep reading to discover how your sunscreen can present its own set of health issues.
What’s more…Daytime sun isn’t the only summer headache you can have.

Ever been out on a beautiful summer evening enjoying the afterglow of sunset and onset of stars – only to have it ruined by ten million mosquitoes?

Now, you could try solutions like DEET-based insect repellents – but I certainly don’t recommend it.

The Case AGAINST Using Sunscreen-Even “Natural” Ones I normally advise against using sunscreens, even most “all-natural” sunscreens. I’ll share my reasons with you in a moment. But first, I need to get something off my chest.

Natural sunlight’s potential to harm you has really been blown out of proportion. This is thanks to many doctors, health officials, advertisements, beauty experts, corporations, and well-meaning friends. They basically tell you that you need to stay out of the sun because the sun will kill you. This simply isn’t true.

For starters, there is little scientific evidence to justify the many health campaigns that urge you to completely avoid the sun. Avoiding the sun just doesn’t make sense. And it certainly doesn’t make any sense when study after study shows that …The Sun is Not Deadly. In fact, the sun is healthy for you. Think about it. How could it be any other way?

After all, your ancestors have survived outdoors, working outside under the sun’s rays far more often than they were indoors and out of the sun. This brings up an obvious question. How on earth would it be possible for your body to end up being configured in such a way that the sun is now a deadly threat to you, me, and the entire human race? Like I said, it simply isn’t true. That’s not to say sunlight can’t be harmful. Of course, it can be…

For instance, long-term, excessive exposure to sunlight can increase the risk of certain types of skin cancer. Yet moderate sun exposure is less dangerous than sporadic sun exposure.
Plus, there’s a good deal of evidence that sun exposure without sunburn significantly decreases the risk of melanoma (a more deadly form of skin cancer). So safe sun exposure is key.
How Sunscreens Keep You from Enjoying the Many Benefits of the Sun’s Healthy Rays As you may know, wearing a sunscreen on your uncovered skin blocks your body’s production of vitamin D. In fact, sunscreens reduce vitamin D production by as much as 97.5 to 99.9%. And interfering with your body’s production of vitamin D by 97.5 to 99.9% may have dire health consequences.

Christine and John
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