Vitamin D, Sunshine and Man
Man migrated from the equator to temperate zones and lost the melanin that protected him from skin damage. Rather than recognize the need for sun exposure to maintain the blood value of 50ng’s or more for a healthy immune system, the wisdom of the medical profession was to apply sun blocking chemicals which are potential cancer causing agents (source of multiple melanoma?). To top it off our US food sources including chicken eggs produced by hens in artificial light are in most part void of the 300 to 400 iu’s that the eggs delivered in the 1950’s. That’s to the tune of 75 BILLION eggs currently consumed per year in US. That’s why between avoiding the sun and poor food sources the average American only has 25 ng’s of Vitamin D in his body. The nay sayers are those who haven’t kept up with the literature in the last 10 years. It’s time the medical profession recognize that the driver of many illnesses are due to little or no Vitamin D in the body. Visit grassrootshealth.net, nutritionexercise.us or vitamindwiki.com and learn.
In March of 2016, the following article was published by Kaiser Permanente which brings rational thought to the management of the sun and man.
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The following is excerpt about common sense approaches of managing sun exposure to help restore the body’s Vitamin D supply which most Americans are drastically deficient of.
Healthy Sun-Bathing Tips!
- Avoid getting burned. Repeated sunburns, especially in children and very fair-skinned people, are linked to skin cancers. Most people should be okay with regular, small amounts of sun exposure.
- Prepare your skin and buildup tolerance gradually. Start early in the year (spring), or early in the morning before the sun is strongest and slowly build up the amount of time you spend in the sun. After building a tolerance, aim for short exposures (15 to 30 minutes) either in the early part of the day, or, if your vitmain D is low and you do not burn easily, at mid-day. Middle of the day exposure maximizes vitamin D production. Significant vitamin D production occurs when your shadow is shorter than you are. If you have had skin cancer, ask your provider about modifying these suggestions.
- Aim for 15 to 30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure two to four times a week. To reap the maximum benefits, expose as much of your skin as you can, not just your arms and face.
- After your 15 to 30 minutes of sun or if your skin begins to redden, protect your skin immediately. Wear a hat and light colored clothing that blocks the sun and keeps you cool. Apply sunscreens as needed. Remember that even weak sunscreens block the ability of your skin to manufacture vitamin D, so once you have applied it, you will not be Boost your “internal sunscreen” by consuming antioxidant foods and beneficial fats. These foods strengthen skin cells, helping to protect them from sun damage. On a regular basis eating several servings of vegetables and fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, and pomegranates, and supplementing with green powdered mixes (wheat grass, barley grass, seaweed powders, etc.) and fish oils are great options when going into the sun.
- Talk with your primary care physician about whether you should have your vitamin D blood levels checked and whether you should take a vitamin D supplement. The current normal range for vitamin D is 20 to 55 ng/ml, however your medical provider may want you to achieve higher levels closer to 50 to 75 ng/ml. At your next visit, talk with your provider about what is best for you.
- This partial article (Sun bathing Excerpt) written by Vicki Pepper M.S., R.D. for Kaiser Permanente Positive Choice Wellness Center. ©2016 Kaiser Permanente. All rights reserved SCPMG Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center, San Diego
Hello Sunshine DVD
HELLO SUNSHINE explores the reasons why the majority of US citizens are deficient in Vitamin D, which is called the sunshine vitamin.