Dr. Josh Axe talks about Vitamin D deficiency. He says, “There are ways to know if you are vitamin D deficient such as: having a weak immune system, struggling with ups and downs emotionally like depression or anxiety, hormone imbalances, having trouble gaining muscle or losing weight, weak bones & teeth or suffering from osteoporosis. Vitamin D is not just a vitamin, it is also a pro hormone. There are many causes to being deficient, and the major cause is not getting enough sunlight. You will only get small amounts of vitamin D through diet alone. Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D, because it’s an immune boosting nutrient that you’ve got to have!
The Vitamin D Society of Canada recently issued some VERY important news!
There has been new research on the Vitamin D effects of Tanning Salon Sunbeds and Vitamin D. Tanning salon beds are very and highly effective in raising serum levels of Vitamin D. Those who use them, are able to attain optimal levels during winter. (More than 100 nmol/L). This is great news for Canadians, who receive little to no Vitamin D in winter. Vitamin D deficiency due to a lack of sun exposure, is a major problem for Canadians, which becomes larger each year.
Sunbeds which emit UVB are an effective alternate vitamin D source during winter months, according to a new Canadian study. Participants in the study who used sunbeds emitting UVB rays in the range equivalent to outdoor summer sunshine increased their vitamin D blood levels on average by 42 nmol. Researchers determined Canadian vitamin D levels have actually been dropping since the last time a similar study was carried out in 2010, putting more people at risk of life threatening illnesses. The study found that if Canadians raised their vitamin D blood levels to an optimal 100 nmol/L, it may prevent 23,000 premature deaths and save $12.5B annually in direct health care costs by bringing in policy changes that promote messaging around safe sun exposure.
A recent paper concludes how North Americans are not getting enough sun exposure and that public health advice needs to be retooled to embrace moderate sun while focusing on sunburn prevention!
Dr. Sam Shuster, Professor of Detmatology at Newcastle University states : Saying that ultraviolet light exposure causes skin damage therefore should be avoided is misleading and inaccurate. It would be like saying that since water causes drowning, we should avoid all water. Yes it causes drowning, but our bodies NEED water. Similarly, we need sun exposure; we would die with out it.
According to a study by Dr. Gerry Schwalfenberg, People who use sunbeds have the highest vitamin D levels of any group in Canada! Regular sunbed users have mean vitamin D levels of 94 nmol/L — or 38 ng/ml, compared to the Canadian average was around 68 nmol/L — or 27 ng/ml.
Dr. Brian Dixon and Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, a pair of Washington, D.C. dermatologists suggest a number of reasons to get some moderate sun exposure every day. Some of the benefits include: healthy hair, improved mood, strong teeth and healthy skin!
According to the journal, “Dermatology and Therapy” “Sunbeds are a valid option for psoriasis and could also be useful “as a treatment option for atopic dermatitis, mycosis fungoides, acne, scleroderma, vitiligo, and pruritus!
I’m sure you know how important it is to keep your vitamin D levels up throughout the winter months. However, did you know that indoor tanning produces more vitamin D than any vitamin D pill on the market?
A survey, conducted earlier this year, shows that 900,000 people were referred to sun beds by U.S. dermatologists!
Vitamin D scientists recommend to maintain an optimal vitamin D blood level between 100-150 nmol/L. This is approximately 4,000 IU per day to reach this level. UV exposure to skin is best for producing Vitamin D. A sun bed can produce up to 10,000 IU in just one session!
Dr David Jockers, Dr of Natural Medicine says that Vitamin D might be the most powerful nutrient for stopping cancer cell production. Vitamin D significantly reduces risk of breast, lung, pancreatic, bladder, prostate, and colon cancer. Vitamin D helps to slow down cancer growth and inhibits the formation of tumours. It also decreases the potential for cancer to spread!