Vitamin D

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Happy summer everyone ! This month really is Bermuda at it’s best with lots of sunshine and activities, lots of tourists coming in to admire our beautiful island and – hopefully – some good holiday and rest time for you too.

Why is Vitamin D important ?

Vitamin D is actually a hormone not a vitamin and it’s vital for a whole host of human processes. It’s recently been discovered that vitamin D is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of ALL cells and tissues in your body. That means, when you don't have enough, your entire body struggles to function optimally. Adequate levels of vitamin D can help with: trouble sleeping (as it helps reset your body’s natural rhythm), dry eye, multiple sclerosis, bowel diseases, lupus, rheumatic diseases, depression, pregnancy and fertility issues and a whole number of autoimmune conditions.

Are you Vitamin D deficient ?

Vitamin D deficiency is very common around the world today including in Bermuda and including in children. It may sound unlikely that it’s a problem in Bermuda but when you think about how much time we all spend indoors it’s not so surprising.

The easy and only way to know what your vitamin D level is, is to ask your doctor for a simple blood test.

The ideal range for most individuals is between 50 to 80 ng/ml.

How do you get Vitamin D ?

You get vitamin D from either sun exposure (ultraviolet B rays) or supplementation as well as from some foods. Many of its health benefits are due to its ability to influence genetic expression. This really is very, very important to your health and vitality.

Just 15 minutes of sunshine on a sunny day can help you produce up to 10,000 international units — and that could last you a while.

If your body doesn’t use all of the vitamin D in the day, it gets stockpiled in fat tissues. Experts say its half-life is up to 10 weeks, which means by the end of September, half of the vitamin D you produced on a day in July will still be in your body.

Make sure at least your face, arms and hands are exposed, ideally more. People with dark skin have higher levels of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, and require nearly five times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as light-skinned people. Melanin protects the skin from UVB damage, but as a result, less vitamin D is produced per minute.

And what’s better is that the sun is free so you literally can improve your health for free.

Precautions

Especially at this time of year do take precautions so you don’t burn. Don’t stay out in the sun for longer than 30 minutes without sun protective clothing or a good, non toxic, zinc based suntan lotion such as Blue Lizard or Kiss My Face from People’s pharmacy or other great retail locations. The Environmental working group has a great guide to the least toxic suntan lotions (as suntan lotions really can be incredibly toxic) www.ewg.org/sunscreen. At this time of year get your sun exposure as much as possible before 11am and after 3pm.

At Life & Thrive we can help you to gain better health by guiding and supporting you, we can test your heavy metal, vitamin and mineral levels via our simple, non-invasive hair analysis and we can also test your gut health, hormone levels and more via specialized Genova diagnostic testing.

We have a nutritionist with extensive heavy metal experience and an Integrative and Functional medical doctor as part of our practice to help ensure any changes you make to your health or any detox you do is carried out as safely and effectively as possible.
 
Email us here or telephone us on 705 3727 if you would like to make an appointment for an initial consultation to see how we can practically help you to build a healthier, happier life.

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