Connect with the Sun
Vitamin D, K2 Benefits
The human being has a vital relationship with the sun in which we absorb and metabolize the UV spectrum to maintain health. Moderate sunlight exposure is associated with improved immunity, increased cellular energy, cancer-protective, longer life, better mood, higher bone density, and deeper sleep.
Research is showing that vitamin D plays a crucial role in disease prevention and maintaining optimal health. There are about 30,000 genes in your body, and vitamin D affects nearly 3,000 of them, as well as vitamin D receptors located throughout your body.
“Several ecological studies suggest that sunlight may protect against prostate, colon, rectal, female breast and ovarian cancer, all diseases that contribute to a substantially higher proportion of cancer mortality in the western industrialized world.”
Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone and not a vitamin. This hormone that is produced by the kidneys has a role in blood calcium concentrations and impacts the immune system. On top of that, this hormone has receptors for over 40 different tissues in the body including the heart, pancreas, muscles, immune system cells, and the brain. This makes this nutrient a crucial step into regaining optimal health.
“Vitamin D deficiency is a global health problem. With all the medical advances of the century, vitamin D deficiency is still epidemic. Over a billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient or insufficient. Yet no international health organization or governmental body has declared a health emergency to warn the public about the urgent need of achieving sufficient vitamin D blood levels.” Dr. Zahid Naeem
Sunlight is necessary for optimal health. Individuals may need to consider supplementation in order to maintain vitamin D levels, which can be measured by the 25-hydroxy blood test. Dosage, vitamin D cofactors, and lifestyle changes need to be addressed for an effective result.
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