After thirty years of being vilified by the medical establishment and the press, vitamin D is gaining new popularity and even becoming a hero as a nutrient that supports your overall health.
Recent discoveries suggest it has significantly more far-reaching effects than just your bone health, contrary to popular belief.
In fact, vitamin D is known to support your body’s health systems in a variety of ways. So much so that it’s not a stretch to suggest your body literally cries out for vitamin D in many ways.
And now, many people are modern day “cavemen.” Even when the sun’s rays are strong enough to provide people with adequate sun exposure, you may be unable to get the vitamin D you require because you’re cooped up inside all day.
So it’s critical to your well-being to consider your other options. But first lets explain just what an astounding impact vitamin D has on your entire health:-
Vitamin D and how its supports your overall health
Research suggests that up to 85% of people could be deficient in vitamin D without knowing it, leaving them with less-than-optimal health. In fact, some scientists call for urgent action. Why?
Because current scientific research suggests that all cells and tissues in your body have vitamin D receptors and further concludes that every cell and tissue needs vitamin D for its well-being.
Not only that, but vitamin D is responsible for the regulation of over 2,000 genes in your body!
Vitamin D engages in very complex metabolic processes within your body. Scientists believe that vitamin D serves a wide range of fundamental biological functions relating to many aspects of your health.
Your skin naturally produces your body’s supply of vitamin D from direct exposure to bright midday sun with a mere ten or fifteen minutes’ exposure per day.
But for decades, you’ve been the target of a misinformation campaign from the media and conventional medicine that created a fear of sunshine. Therefore, most people either intentionally or unintentionally avoid the sun or smear on sunscreen that blocks the beneficial wavelengths that produce vitamin D in your skin.
Vitamin D Is VITAL for You and for Your Family’s Health, Too
Having too little vitamin D may not have any outwardly obvious signs. Yet vitamin D (specifically the vitamin D3 form) impacts an incredible array of support for systems and functions in your body:-
- Heart health
- Cell formation and cell longevity
- Skin health
- Pancreatic health
- Aging process
- Sleep patterns
- Reproductive health
- Athletic performance
- Eye health
- Vascular system health
- Respiratory health
- Immune health (Most people feel in better health during the summer sunshine months, so have you ever thought why this could be?)
- Healthy mood and feelings of well-being
- Weight management, including carbohydrate and fat metabolism
- Hair and hair follicles
- Strong and healthy bones, because vitamin D encourages calcium uptake
- Proper digestion and food absorption
Since healthy levels of vitamin D protect and promote so many of your body’s functions, a deficiency may mean your body lacks the tools it needs to keep you in optimal health. So making sufficient vitamin D a very important issue for you to address.
Your Only Realistic Ways to Acquire Vitamin D
Realistically, you have just three ways to obtain the vitamin D your body needs. Dr Mercola has long been an advocate that the absolute best way to get vitamin D is through direct sunlight on your skin. It’s the most natural way to acquire your D, and your body self-regulates the amount you receive.
But what if you live in northerly climates where direct sunlight is unavailable for months at a time, as it is in most of the continental U.S.? Short of moving to Hawaii, you still have another option – internal supplementation with vitamin D3; with a caveat. If you supplement with vitamin D3, have your vitamin D levels tested routinely to ensure you do not overdose with it. You need to be aware of your vitamin D levels so you can adjust your supplementation accordingly. This is a customised approach, not a one-size-fits-all.
Having said that, studies suggest that most people are deficient in vitamin D not overdosing with it.
How Can You Be Sure You’re Getting Enough Vitamin D?
Just who is likely to most need vitamin D supplementation? Mercola includes some general guidelines here, although as just stated, it is strongly believed you should be testing your levels to know for sure whether you personally need to supplement.
Some population groups are more likely to have lower-than-optimal vitamin D levels than others. But remember that 85% are estimated to be deficient. Are you one of the 85% or in one of these groups that may suggest deficiencies?
People with limited sunlight exposure. During the long grey winter months in northern latitudes, you may need to supplement your vitamin D3 unless you have access to a safe tanning bed.
However, even during summer many of us are modern day “cavemen.” Most people get very little sun exposure during the summer. Your reasons might include working an indoor job during all the peak sunlight hours, avoiding the heat of the day, or cultural dress codes.
Even on the weekend, if it’s rainy, you may miss sun exposure. If that’s your situation, you probably don’t receive the vitamin D you need.
And did you know that your car, home, and office windows block most of the sun’s wavelengths that your skin needs to produce vitamin D? So, don’t count on getting it indoors or on your car.
Further, if you live in an industrial area with high-sulphur content air pollution (acid haze) blocking the sun’s rays, your levels are likely low.
Your bare skin needs at least 10-15 minutes of exposure to direct sunlight every day to produce the vitamin D you need. Just as with windows, jackets and long trousers also block the sun’s valuable wavelengths.
- Overweight people. Individuals who are overweight often have considerably higher needs for vitamin D because vitamin D is oil-soluble and hidden in their fat.
- Pregnant women. New evidence suggests that vitamin D levels during pregnancy may be critically important for you and your baby.
- The elderly. As you age, your skin loses the ability to generate vitamin D. Plus, the elderly tend to spend more time indoors.
- Dark-skinned people. Darker-skinned people have higher melanin levels, which blocks UVB radiation and limits the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3.
What’s more, vitamin D is very rare in foods, and is only available in very limited quantities in eggs, liver and fatty fish.
So if you’re in one of these groups above, or you spend your winters above 30 degrees latitude, or otherwise determine that you need vitamin D3 supplementation, there is great news for you:-
Introducing a Simple-to-Use Natural Vitamin D3 Spray
Mercola are now offering what they consider the most biologically active Vitamin D3 supplement yet, based on extensive, groundbreaking research.
And for those of you who dislike pills, you’ll be thrilled to know that my new and improved Sunshine Mist Vitamin D Spray comes in a pre-metered spray.
Providing 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 in each convenient, metered dose, my new and improved Sunshine Mist Vitamin D Spray contains:
- No artificial flavours or colours
- No sugar, starch, corn, wheat, soy, gluten, eggs, salt, or dairy
- Great-tasting, natural orange flavour
- Non-aerosol, non-drip dispensing
Dr Mercola’s Sunshine Mist Vitamin D Spray is stimulant-free, contains only natural ingredients, and tastes great! Best of all, it’s packaged in a convenient, pre-metered container that easily fits in your bag, pocket, or briefcase.
There’s another important reason why my Sunshine Mist Vitamin D Spray delivers exceptional results ‚Äì it is so much better than a pill, tablet or capsule.
Providing most people far better results than with pills and tablets, Dr Mercola‚Äôs Sunshine Mist Vitamin D Spray dispenses its nutrients in a form your body can put to use immediately.
As you probably know, vitamin D is an oil-soluble vitamin and there can be challenges absorbing it. This is why you only want to take it in oil form and avoid dry vitamin D tablets.
Better yet, it is believed that delivering vitamin D via a spray may be the best way to administer this vital nutrient.
When you spray this fine-mist formula into your mouth and swallow, the essential nutrients flow quickly to your circulatory system, tissues and cells.
As evidence mounts in favour of vitamin D3 for your many body systems, quality sleep, and weight management, you’ll yearn for this practical supplement during all the times when you cannot acquire your D3 from direct sunlight.
In fact, your body could be silently craving more of it as you read this. You might even come to regard it as your health hero.