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Vitamin D3- The Sun Vitamin

November 29, 2009

Can Vitamin D3 Stop the Flu?

The world is changing and there is a fresh new discovery everyday.  Lately there has been a big buzz about Vitamin D3. Vitamin D has been touted as the new super vitamin with the ability to protect against viruses, stop the flu in its tracks, help in energy production, and prevent and treat malignancies, cancers, and auto-immune diseases.

Free Webinars with Dr. Mayer Einstein

I also got an incredible amount of information from Dr. Mayer Einstein.  He has weekly free webinars featuring the top experts in the health field.  He has a tremendous amount of information on vitamin D3 which he suggests using with a good Probiotic.  Be sure to visit his site at:  http://homefirst.com.  You may also want to visit Gary Nulls site at http://www.garynull.com.

We must reexamine the things we thought we knew and be open to new possibilities and information.  I am not a medical doctor or nutritionist, but I am wise enough to listen to those who are.   Our bodies cannot manufacture Vitamin D, but we can get it from the sun which is the best source.  We need to be out in the sun for at least 45 minutes a day to get enough Vitamin D.

How Do We Make Vitamin D3 From Sunlight?

According to Dr. Mercola, “ Ideally, the best place to get vitamin D is from your skin being exposed to the UV-B that is in normal sunlight. Vitamin D from sunlight acts as a pro-hormone, rapidly converting into 25-hydroxyvitamin D, or vitamin D3.  Unfortunately, the amount of sun reaching most of the U.S. is only sufficient to generate a healthy vitamin D response for far less than half the year.  Most people don’t live far enough south or high enough in the mountains to allow enough Ultraviolet (UV) -B to reach their skin. So, for those times of the year when access to the proper amount of sun is not possible, you will want to consider an oral form of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).”

How Much Sunlight Do We Need?

A common misconception is that occasional exposure of your face and hands to sunlight is “sufficient” for vitamin D nutrition. Indeed, this exposure can provide 200-400 IU vitamin D during those months when appropriate sunlight is available, but for most of us this is an absolutely inadequate exposure to move vitamin levels to the healthy range of 45-50 ng/ml.”

Is All Sunlight Created Equal?

I’d always thought that I could get enough sunlight by sitting in front of a sunny window or while driving in my car.  But, sadly I am wrong.  Dr. Mercola explains. UV light is divided into three bands, or wavelength ranges, which are referred to as UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. UV-B is sometimes called the “burning ray.” It’s the primary cause of sunburn caused by overexposure to sunlight. However, UV-B sunlight also produces vitamin D in your skin. The amount produced depends on exposure time, latitude and altitude of location, season, amount of skin surface exposed, and skin pigmentation.”

What About Window Glass, Sunblock, and Darker Skin?

Another interesting fact from Dr. Mercola is that we should not think that just because its sunny we’ve gotten enough vitamin D.  “UV-B also stimulates the production of MSH, an important hormone in weight loss, energy production, and in giving you that wonderful tanned appearance.  However, UV-B does not penetrate very deeply into your skin. The darker the pigmentation or more tanned your skin, the less UV-B penetrates”

Other things that influence UV-B penetration include window glass and use of sunblock. Window glass allows only 5 percent of the UV-B light range that produces vitamin D to get through your home or car. Sunblock can block UV-B penetration drastically or entirely.   The timing of your sun exposure is also a major factor. Sun exposure must take place when UV-B is present. The actual dosing of your sun exposure is quite complex, since it involves knowing the amount of UV-B present, and is dependent on your skin color.”

So in treating your body right and taking care of your health, read the entire article at http://tinyurl.com/vitamind3Dr-Mercola. Note:  All text in blue was excerpted from the article.

Can Optimal Amounts of Vitamin D3 Increase Your Lifespan?

Vitamin D3 can even increase your lifespan.  It should  be no surprise that those that live in tropical zones fair better with getting optimal levels of Vitamin D and live longer.  Dr Mercola states that, “Interestingly, Hawaii has the top longevity rate in the U.S.   Residents of the state live, on average, more than five years longer than those on the mainland.”

To view a page on Vitamin D Resources including the amounts you need to take:  Visit: http://www.mercola.com/article/vitamin-d-resources.ht

Barbara Talley is a keynote speaker, author, poet, and trainer.  One of her signature workshops is “Superwoman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”  It discusses the need for women to take care of themselves, starting with their health.  Visit her at http://www.thepoetspeaks.com
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