Talk about confusing…we heard you get vitamin D from the sun…but then heard that the sun was bad for our skin…so we stayed out of the sun…but now we have virtually No Vitamin D in our systems. Not kidding – we tested ourselves and our blood tests showed we are averaged below 10ng/ml. The lowest amount to be considered “Healthy” is 30ng/ml. – we totally missed that level!
What’s the truth about the sun and vitamin D?
“The aborigines of Australia believe everything exists on the planet for a reason. Everything in Oneness has a purpose. There are no freaks, misfits, or accidents. There are only things that humans do not understand. There are only misunderstandings and mysteries not yet revealed to mortal man.” Marlo Morgan
Vitamin D…The Oneness between the Sun and Our Health
Vitamin D plays a role in every system in the body
- affecting your skin
- brain health
- bone strength
- blood sugar balance
- cholesterol levels
- hormone balance
- joint health
- risk for cancer
- and likelihood of developing autoimmune disease.
Why Does it Work?
Because it’s a Hormone, Not a Vitamin.
Vitamin D is a hormone produced by the kidneys that helps to control the concentration of calcium in the blood and is vital for the development of strong bones. Vitamin D is so crucial to our overall health that it actually regulates the activity of over 200 genes.
How Does it Work?
The action of sunlight on our skin produces a substance called cholecalciferol, which is converted by the liver to calcidiol.
This is further converted in the kidneys by the enzyme 1α-hydroxylase to calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D. Calcidiol is considered a good indicator of vitamin D levels and is the form that is usually measured by doctors.
The active form of vitamin D is produced primarily by the kidneys, but there are also a number of other tissues in the body that activate vitamin D.
Sun exposure accounts for over 90% of vitamin D in the body in individuals who do not take supplements.
Vitamin D is made in your skin when you are exposed to UVB light. The UVB rays interact with 7-dehydrocholesterol, turning it into vitamin D3.
From there, vitamin D3 is transported to different places.
Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 pretty effectively blocks UVB rays, reducing vitamin D production by 95%. (The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2011)
How do I figure out my vitamin D level?
Download this App to Determine your D window each day: http://dminder.ontometrics.com/
Why Does it Matter?
Vitamin D is the superstar nutrient you don’t want to be without!
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms, if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems such as:
- Osteopenia or osteoporosis
- Contracting the cold or the flu (weakened immune system)
- Periodontal disease
- Cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure and/or congestive heart failure)
- Major depressive disorder or seasonal affective disorder
- Multiple sclerosis
What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms?
- Inadequate exposure to sunlight.
- Inadequate consumption of vitamin D in food.
- Age. As you age, your kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form
- Digestive Issues. Problems in the digestive can cause inadequate absorption of vitamin D.
- Obesity (Body Mass Index greater than 30). The more fat in the body, the less vitamin D is released into the circulation.
- Kidney or liver disease. Kidney and liver diseases can impair vitamin D conversion to its active form.
Here’s a short video that explains more about what symptoms you might expect https://youtu.be/g-72k7h8WYI
Three Key Actions to Take:
Vitamin D’s Purpose in our Oneness is still unfolding..but, we clearly want to make sure we have adequate amounts.
- Download the Dminder app on your cell phone or tablet and start getting your 15 minutes of sunlight in the D Window
- Get tested. Get your home test kit at the Vitamin D Council website
- Take a supplement to get to 50-70 ng blood levels
Cauliflower moment…the sun is not our enemy…being in the sun daily is vital for getting our vitamin D levels up.