FAQs - Vitamin D
Q. I thought I got my vitamin D from the sun?
A. In a perfect world your skin naturally produces your body's supply of vitamin D from direct exposure to ultra violet rays from the sun. These rays interact with the cholesterol under your skin and transform it into a hormone that we call vitamin D. This “vitamin” is responsible for approximately 2600 known metabolic functions including balancing mood and fostering good mental health.
Vitamin D increases your body’s ability to absorb calcium by 40%, which is critical for healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D deficiency is suspected to be a major cause of juvenile diabetes. It also helps your body produce cathelicidin, a natural broad-spectrum antibiotic.
Vitamin D is known to impact the function and development of at least 36 different organ tissues, and influences over 2,000 genes in your body. It is responsible for letting your cells know when to die, so new and healthy ones can replace them. This is one way that Vitamin D helps prevent cancer. Cancerous cells are cells that grow and live beyond their expiration date.
Depending on where you live, the time of year, your personal biological make-up, and the amount of sun exposure you’re getting you may or may not be getting sufficient vitamin D. According to Dr Joseph Mercola, research suggests that up to 85% of people could be deficient in vitamin D without knowing it. His research also indicates that washing with soap within 24-48 hours after sun exposure might destroy the effects of the sun exposure. Once again, no guessing here, get to a natural health practitioner and get tested, then you will know for certain.