We’ve been hearing about the problems with vitamin D deficiency for years. The way most people understand the issue of vitamin D deficiency is a bit oversimplified. This is the fault of the basic fact that the best-known science is never up to date.
Vitamin D is not just a plug and play component that you can simply take for your body to use. What’s more, there are multiple ways that people commonly sabotage their body’s ability to create and use vitamin D.
The way most people understand the problem of vitamin D is that we get it from the sun, but overexposure to the sun also leads to an increased risk of skin cancer. This is true, but it’s hardly the whole picture.
Vitamin D is a pre-hormone. That is to say, it is a component of a necessary hormone that your body makes. When we absorb it through the skin, what’s really happening is that the cholesterol which is stored in the skin is converted to vitamin D by contact with sunlight. The result of this natural sun-generated vitamin D is our skin becomes resistant to sunburn. This is something that many people have been slow to learn since we take pharmaceutical vitamin D supplements but our skin stays thin and we still burn in the sun easily.
The fact is that if you take vitamin D in a supplement, chances are high that you’re getting a synthetic version of it, which does not work properly in the body and is actually toxic. This is true of most supplemental vitamins. If you take vitamin D in a supplement, make sure it is vitamin D3 as this is the closest version to the real deal.
However, the best sources of vitamin D is never supplements; rather it is sunlight, butter, natural milk, coconut oil, and other natural fatty foods. Sunlight should be your number one source. Everyone should be spending at least 20 minutes in the sun each day with face and hands exposed to the light. This is your best way to get adequate amounts of vitamin D.
Recently, vitamin D deficiency has gone through the roof as people have adopted a number of common risk factors. These risk factors are the result of the modern conveniences that we all enjoy, as well as the widespread shift in the nature of the workplace.
The number one risk factor associated with low vitamin D is lack of exposure to the sun. As more and more people begin to work indoors, and jobs become increasingly automated, we are getting less and less sun. This is why it’s so important to get that 20 minutes of sunshine on your face and hands every day. People with dark skin are advised to get at least 30 minutes of exposure each day because the higher melanin content of dark skin inhibits the absorption of sunlight.
The second risk factor for vitamin D deficiency is exposure to BPA. These are endocrine disrupters, or hormone blockers, that come from plastics. If you have a lot of BPA exposure, it doesn’t matter how much vitamin D you get, the BPAs will block it from doing its job. This can lead to all manner of health problems from cancer to heart disease and much more. For this reason, it is recommended that you look at our recent articles on the dangers of BPA and how to avoid it.
Remember that vitamin D is a pre-hormone. That means you need a number of different substances in order for your body to create it. The one substance needed for the creating of vitamin D that people are lacking is magnesium. The body cannot use vitamin D without magnesium.
As the professor of pathology at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Mohammed S. Razzaque explains if you do not take the nutrients your body needs to metabolize vitamin D then you are likely to suffer from a toxic buildup of the vitamin.
People who have too much-unused vitamin D in their systems can develop kidney stones and heart problems, among others.
If a person who takes D3 and has low magnesium received a blood test, they would likely show sufficient vitamin D levels. This would lead most doctors to fail to diagnose the problem. This is very common in mainstream medicine.
So remember, get your vitamin D from the sun, from natural fats, and take the necessary co-nutrients like magnesium.
~ Health Scams Exposed