We all know that Vitamin D is essential to good health now and emerging research is showing that almost nobody gets enough of it these days. We’ve all been hiding from the sun and slathering on so much SPF that we’re blocking out the good benefits from the sunshine!
I recently went to the doctors to get my Vit D level checked. Normal Vit D levels are between 20 and 56, while optimal levels are between 45 and 56. Guess what MY Vit D levels were? A seriously deficient 17. Yikes!
Your vitamin D level should NEVER be below 32 ng/ml. Any levels below 20 ng/ml are considered serious deficiency states and will increase your risk of breast and prostate cancer and autoimmune diseases like MS and rheumatoid arthritis. Not good at all.
Some have chosen to take Vitamin D supplements as appose to venturing outdoors for some natural Vit D, but Vitamin D Supplements Are NOT the Same as Sunlight!!!
The new study links UVB as protective to a total of 16 types of cancer, primarily epithelial (pertaining to the surface) cancers of the digestive and reproductive systems [Grant, submitted]. Six types of cancer (breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, ovarian, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) were inversely correlated to solar UVB radiation and rural residence in combination. This result strongly suggests that living in an urban environment is associated with reduced UVB exposure compared to living in a rural environment.
Another 10 types of cancer including bladder, gallbladder, gastric, pancreatic, prostate, rectal and renal were inversely correlated with UVB but not urban residence. Ten types of cancer were significantly correlated with smoking, six types with alcohol, and seven types with Hispanic heritage. Poverty status was inversely correlated with seven types of cancer. Since the results for alcohol, Hispanic heritage, and smoking for white Americans agree well with the literature [Trapido et al., 1995; Thun et al., 2002], they provide a high level of confidence in the approach and its results for UVB radiation.
Are you worried that you aren’t getting enough sun?