The very first time I stepped foot into my Oncologist’s office after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer I was asked if I had my Vitamin D level checked. I replied no and was immediately sticking out my arm to have blood drawn (yuck…I’m needle phobic). I did not know about the connection between Vitamin D levels and different diseases and illnesses including cancer. Growing up and living in Upstate New York, there was not a lot of opportunity to get natural Vitamin D from the sun. My test results showed that my levels were “in the toilet” according to my Doctor and I was immediately started on 50,000 IU a week. After 16 months on this dosage, I just recently dropped down to 35,000 IU a week.
What you may not know about Vitamin D is that it is actually not a Vitamin at all. It is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, and is easily one of nature’s most potent cancer fighters. I wish I had known that years ago and started getting my levels checked then….ahhh hindsight.
Vitamin D influences nearly 3,000 of your genes, and it plays a major role in your immune response, including helping your body produce over 200 antimicrobial pepcides that help fight all sorts of infections.
Your best defense against any disease is a good immune system, which vaccines can actually compromise. Supporting your immune system should be at the top of your list and optimizing your Vitamin D levels is one of the crucial components of this.
Eating healthy and including lots of fruits and vegetables will help with your Vitamin D levels along with getting sunshine every day. German researchers have found that Vitamin D increases your immune system by a factor of 3 to 5 and is more powerful than any vaccine you could get.
Vitamin D deficiencies can cause or make worse numerous conditions including:
|Acute lower respiratory infection||Anaphylaxis||Anemia||Anxiety||Arthritis|
|Asthma||Atherosclerosis||Autism||Autoimmune diseases||Bipolar disorder|
|Brain damage||Breast-tissue density||Chronic fatigue||Chronic pain||Cognitive ability|
|Colds||Craniotabes||C-reactive protein levels||Crohn’s disease||Cystic fibrosis|
|Dental caries (cavities) and periodontal disease||Depression||Diabetes||Dyslexia||Eczema|
|Headache||Hearing loss||Heart disease and heart failure||High cholesterol||HIV/AIDS|
|Hypertension||Immune system dysfunction||Infertility||Inflammation||Inflammatory bowel disease|
|Insomnia||Intermittent claudication||Kidney disease||Leprosy||Leukemia|
|Low back pain||Low birth weight||Lupus||Macular degeneration||Melanoma|
|Meningitis (bacterial)||Metabolic syndrome||Migraines||Multiple sclerosis||Muscle strength (low)|
|Neuropathy||Nonspecific muscle pain||Nursing home risk||Obesity||Osteomalacia|
|Osteoporosis||Parasites||Parkinson’s disease||Peripheral artery disease||Pneumonia|
|Polycystic ovary disease||Pre-eclampsia||Psoriasis||Retinoblastoma||Rickets|
|Schizophrenia||Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)||Sepsis and septicemia||Stroke||Tuberculosis|
Here are the Top 5 Health Benefits associated with Vitamin D
1. It helps the intestine absorb nutrients, including calcium and phosphorus. This ensures strong bones and a strong immune system.
2. It prevents osteomalacia and rickets. These cause weakness of the muscular system, brittle bones, and skeletal deformity.
3. It provides calcium balance in the body that prevents osteoporosis and arthritis.
4. It regulates blood pressure, reduces stress and tension, relieves body aches and pains by reducing muscle spasms, reduces respiratory infections, aids in insulin secretion, helps fight depression, improves overall skin health and reduces wrinkles, and improves cardiovascular strength by providing a protective lining for blood vessels.
5. It is recommended for the treatment of several diseases.
So go outside and spend 15 to 20 minutes in the sun each day without sunscreen and soak in all the wonderful Vitamin D that you can. If you do not see the sun for days at a time (or longer to all my CNY friends) you should consider getting your levels checked and adding a supplement as well as increasing foods that contain Vitamin D.
Ahhh…..I think I will go out to the pool now….I have to get my Vitamin D after all :)
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