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Health tip for week Jan 17th

Hi everybody.  First, I want to apologize for not writing last week’s health tip.  Super busy.  So let’s move on with this week’s health tip:  Get your Vitamin D levels check because having enough vitamin D in your body can cure and prevent cancer and a whole bunch of illness.

Vitamin D is actually a hormone.  As a hormone, it controls calcium absorption to help the body build strong bones and teeth, and it helps maintain muscle strength. When you are deficient in calcium and vitamin D, your bones break down to supply calcium to the rest of your body. But being deficient in vitamin D can take a toll on more than just your skeleton.

Vitamin D deficiency could cause include heart disease, chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, hypertension, arthritis, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, PMS, Crohns Disease, cancer, MS and other autoimmune diseases.  The Vitamin D Council states that Vitamin D deficiency can also cause stroke, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting and birth defects.

D is also the only vitamin that does not need to be consumed in food or supplements because our bodies are efficient at making it when our skin is exposed to direct sunlight (not through a window). But not all sun exposure is the same, and many factors help determine how much we absorb. In general, the further away you are from the equator, the more efficient the vitamin D production, but cloud cover and air pollution can hinder the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Many people living in the Southern United States can get enough vitamin D by getting about 10-15 minutes of sun exposure on their arms and face a few times a week — as long as they don’t use sunscreen, which blocks some of the UV rays necessary to make the vitamin.

A recent study by Dr. Cedric Garland demonstrated that sufficient vitamin D status lowered the risk of cancer. Even the American Cancer Society (who receive tens of millions of dollars each year from pharmaceutical and radiology companies) downplays this research on top of that they attempt to scare people away from taking vitamin D supplementation because of the “toxic side effects” and claim people should only use up to 400 IU per day (based on early 19th century science).

Another expert, Michael Holick, PhD, MD agrees that maintaining proper blood levels of vitamin D can reduce the risk of common cancers, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammation associated with cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Gloucester recommends keeping blood levels of Vitamin D above 60 ng/ml. Many of the people tested in my center have come back with levels in the 20’s.  We have yet to find anyone above the 60 ng/mg mark that is recommended. For years the establishment has brainwashed the public to think the sun is the cause of cancer and you should avoid skin cancer at all costs…. why is it then that outside workers have the lowest cancer rates when compared to office workers.  My dad sun tans for 2 hours on average everyday (direct sunlight) and has been doing this for over 30 years and yet he has no skin cancer.  In fact, my dad claims that sun tanning cured his diabetes.  My dad looks 10 to 15 years younger than he is.

So how much should you take?

First, have a blood test to measure your levels of vitamin D then from there you can calculate your requirements – remember it’s vitamin D3 you need to supplement with. If your doctor is unable to help you with this then maybe its time to get a new doctor – one that is more up to date with the research rather than the propaganda being led by the pharmaceutical industry.

The current recommended intake of vitamin D is 200 IUs (international units) for those up to age 50; 400 IUs for people 51-70; and 600 IUs for those older than 70. Requirements increase with age because older skin produces less vitamin D.  But these recommendations date back to 1997. “Additional studies have been published since that time documenting the effectiveness of higher levels of vitamin D,” says Dr. Holick, who was also a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that issued the recommendations.

Evidence is mounting that we may need even more — especially older, dark-skinned, or housebound people.

According to the IOM Dietary Reference Intakes, the safe upper limit for vitamin D is 2,000 IUs for children, adults, and pregnant and lactating women. Some experts have suggested increasing the recommended amount to more than 2,000 IUs daily.

I usually recommend my clients to take daily vitamin D3 supplements of 1,000 IUs to start with.  However, I will suggest more depending on the client’s Vitamin D deficiency level based on the blood test result.

If you a looking for a high quality vitamin D supplement, we carry a full range of “doctors only” supplements. Contact us at AF Performance Center and we can also provide testing.

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