Vitamin D is vital to every process the body does and most people have levels that are too low. The scares over skin cancer have made us cover up, stay out of the sun and pour toxic sunscreens over our skin. I was one of those people and after avoiding the sun for 25 years, 7 years ago I found out I had breast cancer and had really low levels.
The latest studies say that by optimising your 25-Hydroxy levels you can reduce your overall risk of dying by 50% and reduce your risk of hearing those dreaded words “you have cancer” by 67%! Cancer prevention is something I feel passionately about and it makes me mad when I hear about billions of pounds being spent on early detection and cures. Why not invest that money on prevention instead? Why not indeed? The big pharmaceutical companies make too much cash from it and when doctors are trained prevention is bottom of the list.
If you suffer from depression, mood swings, aching bones and muscles, have a sweaty head, are over 50, overweight, have psoriasis, suffer with gut problems or have naturally dark skin then the chances are your levels are going to be low.
In the UK we measure nanomoles (nmol) per litre (L), whereas in the US they use nanograms (ng) per millilitre (ml). The NHS considers any reading over 50 nmol/L as being, but this is far from the truth. If you have no health concerns your levels need to be around 125 – 150 nmol/L, but if you have a health concern then levels up to 200 nmol/L are where the magic starts to happen.
Watch this 5 minutes cartoon to find out more
If you want more information then I urge you to watch Dr Mercola’s free hour long presentation
Just remember Dr Mercola is talking about ng/ml, which is the America scale, so to get to our scale you need to multiply any figures by 2.5. For example 40 ng/ml is 100 nmol/L.
You really need to get tested and the NHS provides a private service from Birmingham City Assays Department which costs just £28. It is a figure prick test you can do yourself at home and send off. They will email the results back in around 5 working days. Please bear in mind they will say your levels are adequate if over 50 nmol/L. They aren’t! Call 0121 507 4278 to order yours.
Very probably you will need to supplement and the amount that most people use in a day is around 4,000 iu’s (international units). That is if your levels are ok to start with, which they probably aren’t. You need to get tested!! You can buy 5,000 iu’s on the internet, just make sure the ones you get are for D3 and not D2. It is your D3 levels that are important.
The sun is the best way to make vitamin D but that isn’t always possible and to achieve adequate levels you need to be in the sun when it is making UVB rays (when the sun is at its strongest) for 20 minutes, with virtually all your skin exposed, every single day. Now how often does that happen? Not often I bet. You do need to be VERY careful that you don’t burn and build up to 20 minutes gradually. Sunscreens will stop you making vitamin D so don’t use them. They are usually full of toxic chemicals too, which cause cancer. I repeat do not burn.
If you are supplementing with vitamin D3 then you need to make sure you have adequate K2 in your diet from liver, meat, egg yolks, high fat dairy (if you eat it),fermented foods and especially Natto.
Don’t overlook the easy. Optimising your vitamin D levels through careful sun exposure and supplementing, together with regular testing is the easiest and cheapest thing you can do to improve your health. Do you know your levels?