Knowing some simple Vitamin D Facts can go a long way in optimizing the health benefits of vitamin D and minimizing your risk of skin cancer.
Regular, moderate exposure to the sun provides the best source and health benefits from the "sunshine vitamin," available to us as human beings.
When you're not able to get out and moderately expose yourself to the sun on a regular basis, then you need to have a plan of action.
Your options would be to eat foods rich in Vitamin D and supplement your diet with Vitamin D3. In today's world, doing both is necessary for your health.
Without an adequate amount, our immune system weakens, creating fertile territory for any disease, including skin cancer. A Vitamin D deficiency can also lead to osteoporosis, prostrate cancer, breast cancer, and it even affects diabetes and obesity.
Having had stage 4 skin cancer in 1990, I’ve been quite aware of all we are told about the dangers of the sun.
Unfortunately, too much emphasis is put on the health dangers of the sun, rather than the benefits of Vitamin D from the sun.
Moderate, natural sunshine is always our best source.
• Our body produces Vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the rays of natural sunlight.
• At the moment our skin starts to burn (STOP), ..the benefits of the sun end and sun damage begins, putting us at risk of skin cancer.
• The beneficial rays of natural sunlight cannot penetrate glass. In our home or in a car, we cannot receive the beneficial Vitamin D.
• It is very difficult to receive adequate amounts of Vitamin D from our diet. Supplementation is necessary without regular, moderate sun exposure.
• Imagine drinking at least ten large glasses of Vitamin D fortified milk daily just to get a very minimum level of supply. It's true, that's how many it would take.
• The further you live from the equator, the longer sun exposure is needed to generate Vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most US states are far from the equator.In the US, the line would be drawn from around Santa Barbara, CA to North Carolina.
• If you have dark pigmented skin you may need 20 to 30 times as much exposure as fair skinned people to generate the same amount of Vitamin D. Because of this sunlight deficiency, prostrate cancer is prevalent among black men. Also, people of color tend to be diagnosed with skin cancer at a later stage causing greater morbidity and mortality.
• A sufficient level of Vitamin D is necessary for absorption of calcium in your intestines. A deficiency of this vitamin renders calcium supplements useless.
• A chronic deficiency of Vitamin D takes months of supplementation and sunlight exposure to reverse and rebuild your bones and nervous system.
• One of the Vitamin D facts that most people wouldn’t suspect is that overuse of sunscreen blocks your body’s ability to generate Vitamin D by 95%. This can create a deficiency and actually cause disease. Note that I said “overuse of sunscreen”, as sunscreen and protective clothing are necessary beyond a certain amount of exposure.
• It is impossible to generate too much Vitamin D into your body from exposure to the sun. Your body will naturally only generate what it needs. A word of caution is that after this point you are overexposing yourself to the UV rays and this is when damage occurs on your skin.
• Press on your sternum firmly and if it hurts, you may be suffering from a chronic Vitamin D deficiency right now.
• Before your body can use Vitamin D it is activated by your kidneys and liver.
• If you have kidney disease or liver damage, the ability of your body to activate Vitamin D may be greatly impaired.
• Vitamin D from natural sunlight is one of the most healing influences in your body and it is absolutely free.
Again, if you’re unable to obtain enough sunlight exposure, do take a good quality Vitamin D supplement along with any other vitamin/mineral supplements you may need. Any qualified holistic doctor could help to determine any deficiencies in your body.
• Knowing these Vitamin D facts early on in life and carrying them throughout your lifetime would be a wise decision for anyone to lead a healthy life.
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
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