Vitamin D – And Your Immune System!

These past two years have been unbelievably scary for so many. We know a lot more today than we did in the beginning of the Pandemic and what has risen in several medical papers, is the importance of Vitamin D and keeping your Immune System strong!

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It’s not your typical “vitamin”! The Sunshine Vitamin D is created under the skin by ultraviolet B light from the SUN and the cholesterol under your skin. Vitamin D is turned into a hormone in the body, unlike other vitamins, and is closely related, structurally, to cortisone and estrogen. All cells, tissues and organs in the human body have Vitamin D receptors. This means that they await the arrival of this vitamin to perform various vital functions! Without sunshine, and especially in people with very dark skin, vitamin D production is significantly impaired and the immune system will suffer.

During CoVid, a larger percentage of dark skinned people were contracting CoVid more often than lighter skinned individuals. Vitamin D is produced quicker in lighter skinned individuals. Those with a darker complexion need longer exposure in the sun to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D. 20 minutes a day in direct sunshine (without sunscreen) is required for lighter skinned people for adequate Vitamin D stores. Longer for darker complexions as darker skin blocks absorption of UVB rays, which is needed for Vitamin D production.

Why You Need Vitamin D

Vitamin D tells calcium and phosphorus where to go and what to do in the body. It helps the gut absorb calcium and helps balance calcium with phosphorus in the arteries, bones, kidneys and teeth. If the body is low in Vitamin D, but high in calcium, the calcium will head to the arteries and cause calcification. With good Vitamin D stores, calcium will be deposited into the bones, where it is needed. This is only done with the help of Vitamin K2 (MK-7), which is imperative to have adequate amounts in the body.

Drinking milk, AND staying out of the sun OR using sunscreen may land you in the hospital with atherosclerosis. YIKES!

“Can you imagine what would happen if a drug company came out with a single pill that reduces the risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, PMS, SAD and various autoimmune disorders and boosted the immune system? There would be a media frenzy the likes of which has never been seen before! Well, guess what? Such a drug exists…… is the Sun.” MICHAEL HOLICK, physician, researcher, author, and Vitamin D expert.

Sunshine UVA vs UVB

So what is the difference? UVA rays are more abundant before 10am and after 2pm. UVA rays can also travel through glass and are responsible for skin damage, aging and wrinkles. UVB rays are most abundant from 10am to 2pm. They cannot travel through glass, therefore you need direct exposure, with no sunscreen, in order to produce Vitamin D. There is no plausible evidence that the most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma, is caused by sun damage.

Recent studies actually indicate that one cause of melanoma is vitamin D deficiency. While the sun does cause skin damage, our bodies have developed a way of repairing this damage. It does so by creating more Vitamin D under the skin. Vitamin D repairs the DNA in genes and prevents cells from mutating into cancer. Avoiding sunshine or using sunscreens negates this built in cancer protection. Melanoma tends to occur in areas of the body that are less exposed to the sun or covered by clothing.

D2 vs D3

D2 is ergocalciferol, and rarely found in nature. This is the synthetic form of Vitamin D used to fortify milk, margarine and orange juice. D3 is cholecalciferol, which is the kind your body produces as a result of sun exposure. Food sources of D3 are all non-vegan and include butter, egg yokes (which are GOOD for you). Also oily fish like herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines AND sheep’s wool!!

Colds and FLU (Virus)

People with the lowest vitamin D levels had significantly higher incidence of colds and flu. This study was done in 2009 and involved 19,000 people. Funny how flu season strikes when we have no access to outdoor sunshine! Vitamin D has strong antibiotic properties. Studies indicate that higher blood levels of Vitamin D will prevent the flu better than the flu shot. And WITHOUT the formaldehyde, mercury and aluminum.

Check out my in depth Guide: Transcending Science with Vitamin D – Building a Strong Immune System with the Sunshine Vitamin! It is a wealth of information to keep you healthy during these uncertain times!

By Christine-The Vitamin Queen

Senior Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations, Natural Health Consultant, Author, Independent Natural Health Researcher. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to learn about how our bodies work to keep us healthy and how we can help it!

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