I’m going to share something with you that could reduce your overall risk of premature death and reduce your risk of cancer by over a third and that’s just for starters. It’s the easiest, quickest and cheapest thing anyone can do to improve their health and you’re probably wondering what it is. Almost all of us are deficient and you probably don’t even realise. Being deficient increases your risk of having cancer, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, autism and even diseases of the eyes. I’m talking about vitamin D.
Latest studies suggest optimising your vitamin D (25-Hydroxy) levels can significantly improve a wide range of health conditions including but not limited to the above.
Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone and is vital to every process within our body and most of us have levels way too low. The media 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 these people and after avoiding the sun for 25 years, 8 years ago I found out I had breast cancer and had incredibly low levels. Now I’m not saying by sorting out your vitamin D levels you won’t ever get the conditions mentioned because there are many factors at play, but you will be giving your body a huge head start.
Much of the research on this wonder vitamin has only taken place over the last decade or so and it’s taking a while to filter out. A few months ago the Torbay and South Devon Health Commissioners attended my free drop in clinic about digestive health problems. They revealed it can take 17 years for validated research and information to filter down to our GP’s. I find this outrageous when you think of how many of our husbands, wives, children, family members and friends are suffering and dying needlessly. So I’m suggesting that you take control and start looking into things yourself. After all, no one cares about your health as much as you do?
So how deficient are we? Optimum levels ideally require exposing our naked bodies to the sun for about 10 minutes, 365 days a year. But only when it’s strong enough to produce UVB rays. In Torbay this is only between March and October. Also the colour of your skin plays a big factor, if you’re dark skinned you will need much longer exposure than if you’re fair skinned. Trust me you’re most likely very deficient.
One HUGE caveat about exposing your skin is that you must not burn. Burning causes skin damage and increases your risk of skin cancer. The sun continually produces UVA rays, these are the ones that cause skin cancer. UVB rays are the ones that enable our bodies to make vitamin D but ironically only when the sun is at its strongest. A simple rule of thumb is that you can make vitamin D if your shadow is shorter than you. If you have a smart phone there’s a great App you can download for free called “dminder”, which uses your phones location to tell you when you can make vitamin D if the sun’s out.
Sunscreens stop the formation of vitamin D, so instead cover up or go in the shade. There are 3 types of skin cancer and for the two most common types new research suggests that sunscreen can help prevent one type but not the other and the most deadly type, melanoma, research has been quite contradictory. So for these reasons The Vitamin D Council recommends you cover up or get in the shade instead of using sunscreens. This is the Vitamin D Council! So how can this information not have filtered down into our healthcare system? Unbelievable!
So I think we’ve ascertained that a very large percentage of us are going to be deficient so our best short term option is to supplement. Everyone’s unique and there’s no one dosage for all. I use about 7,000 iu’s (international units) a day but I’ve got clients only needing 3,000 iu’s. The RDA is just 400 iu’s but this is barely enough to prevent rickets. The only way to get the full health benefits and to know how much your body uses is to get tested. The NHS considers any reading over 50 nmol/L as being adequate, but this is far from what the latest research reveals. If you have no health concerns then your levels need to be around 125 – 150 nmol/L, but if you do have health problems along the lines as mentioned above then your levels need be up to 200 nmol/L which is when the magic starts to happen.
You really need to get tested and the NHS provides a private service from Birmingham City Assays Department which costs £28. It’s a finger prick test which you can do yourself at home then send off to get analysed. Your results will be emailed in around 5 working days. Please bear in mind they will say your levels are adequate if they’re over 50 nmol/L. They aren’t! Call 0121 507 4278 to order your test.
The average human body uses around 5,000 iu’s a day so that’s a great starting point but once you know your levels after testing you can adjust accordingly. You can buy 5,000 iu’s on the internet, just make sure you buy D3 and not D2. It’s your D3 levels that are important.
Please don’t overlook this easy step to improving your health. 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.
If you’d like some other areas to look into you can download my free guide, ‘Improve Your Health the Easy Way’ on the home page.
I’d love to hear what you decide to do and how you get along. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.