Three-quarters of teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D, known as the “sunshine” vitamin. It’s a worldwide pandemic. In this short video, Ty exposes the truth about Vitamin D and the effects of sunshine on the body. Is today’s sunscreen really protecting you? Is sunlight streaming in the window as good for you as direct sunlight? Discover the many simple ways you can end your vitamin D deficiency.
Video Transcript: Are you Silently Suffering from a Vitamin D Deficiency? Millions Are
Ty Bollinger: Vitamin D deficiency is a pandemic in the United States and across the globe. But many people, including physicians, aren’t aware that they may be lacking this important nutrient.
It’s a substance known as the sunshine vitamin, but here’s a little bit of trivia for you. Vitamin D, as it turns out, is not a vitamin at all. It was misclassified when it was first discovered in the 1920s, and the name stuck. Vitamin D is in fact a pro-hormone, which is a precursor of hormones that amplify the effects of existing hormones.
Almost all cells and tissues in the body are able to convert vitamin D into its active hormone form. There are over 2,600 known vitamin D-binding sites on our DNA.
Vitamin D helps to form our bones and our teeth, it maintains bone health, regulates blood calcium levels, and it contributes to our metabolism, and our nervous system, and our immune system function.
There are five known types of vitamin D – D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5. But only vitamin D2, also known as ergocalciferol, and vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, are available in supplement form. So, I’m going to focus on these two types of vitamin D today.
Manmade vitamin D is made one of two ways. Vitamin D2 is created by irradiating yeast and other molds, and it’s known as vegetarian vitamin D2. The body is only able to convert a small amount of D2 into a usable form.
Have you seen the cereal boxes with “Fortified with Vitamin D” written on them? Unfortunately, most vitamin D fortified foods and dietary supplements contain vitamin D2, which is not very absorbable by the body and it’s not convertible by the body into what it needs.
Vitamin D3 is made by irradiating animal oils and cholesterol, and it’s closest to what sunlight naturally produces in our bodies when the skin and the sunlight combine forces to create this powerful pro-hormone. Vitamin D3 is the body’s preferred form of vitamin D, converted 500 times faster than vitamin D2 and four times more effective.
Interestingly, there’s no clinical trials that have shown that vitamin D2 is effective at preventing bone fractures. But every clinical trial on vitamin D3 has shown that it is effective.
How do our bodies make vitamin D3? Vitamin D3 is made in your skin, when you expose your skin to ultraviolet B light from the sun. Something called photolysis happens, and there’s a chemical called 7-dehydrocholesterol, which is a form of cholesterol that’s in your skin, and it turns into vitamin D3. This happens on the outer layer of your skin, which is called the epidermis. From here, vitamin D3 binds to a protein that is able to transport the D3 all over your body, including your liver.
But due to our modern, primarily indoor lifestyle, most people are vitamin D deficient. We just don’t get enough sun exposure. While years ago people spent more time outdoors walking and playing and doing errands and even working outside, today most people spend unprecedented hours inside watching TV, playing video games, surfing the internet, on their mobile devices, whatever it is, but they’re inside, not outside.
On top of this, when we actually do get outside and spend time in the sun, many people are wearing sunscreen the entire time. Not only do sunscreens contain carcinogenic cancer-causing chemicals like parabens and retinyl palmitate, but they also contain hormone-disrupting chemicals like oxybenzone.
But the toxic chemicals are not the only problem with sunscreen. Alarmingly, some research shows that when you wear sunblock such as SPF 8, you reduce your body’s ability to make vitamin D by 90%. And if you choose something like SPF 30, I think it reduces your body’s ability upwards of 99% to produce Vitamin D.
I personally try to get at least 20 minutes of direct sunlight several times a week without sunscreen. It’s easy to do in the summer months here in Tennessee, but in the winter months, it’s difficult anywhere, unless you’re going to be able to weather the cold.
It’s estimated that our bodies can actually create between 10,000 and 20,000 international units of vitamin D after only 30 minutes of full-body sunbathing, which results in enough Vitamin D to give you an optimal level in your system.
Based on the evaluation of healthy populations that get plenty of natural sun exposure, the optimal range for general health appears to be somewhere between 50 and 70 nanograms per milliliter. You can easily measure your vitamin D levels with a simple blood test.
Okay, here’s some trivia for you, folks. Can you get vitamin D from the sun shining through your car window? Not if it’s up and here’s why. Glass filters out most of the ultraviolet B that stimulates the vitamin D production. So, if you’re getting sunlight in your car, most of what you’re getting is the ultraviolet A rays that penetrate deeply into your skin and cause wrinkling and increase your risk of damage and skin cancer. It’s the ultraviolet B rays that you need, and you can’t get them through glass.
Regarding food. You can get vitamin D from certain foods, including wild-caught salmon and other fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, and sardines. But watch out for mercury. Also, eggs are an excellent source of vitamin D3, as is cod liver oil.
What about milk though? The dairy industry would have us think that milk is our best source of vitamin D. But is it? The reality is that pasteurized milk is linked to both calcium and vitamin D deficiency disorders.
Here’s a fun fact. The most potent plant for producing vitamin D3 is? Anybody? Mushrooms. A 2013 study demonstrated how sunlight-exposed mushrooms produced not only vitamin D2, which many plants produce, but also vitamin D3. You see? Mushrooms contain plant sterols, which are able to convert ultraviolet light into vitamin D3. Exposing mushrooms to as little as five minutes of ultraviolet light can produce a substantial amount of vitamin D3.
And although vitamin D is available in certain foods, which I just discussed, supplementation is usually required in order to achieve optimal levels in the blood. It’s important to remember that if you’re taking high-dose vitamin D supplements, you also need to take vitamin K2, which helps your body utilize the vitamin D3.
Turmeric root is an herb that enhances vitamin D3 absorption and utilization as much as vitamin K2. By taking turmeric root with your vitamin D3, they enhance each other. All the benefits of turmeric can help be unlocked in the presence of vitamin D3, and vitamin D3 gets enhanced and absorbed in the presence of turmeric root.
That’s why, in light of everything that I’ve just said, everyone watching this video probably needs to either get enough sunlight exposure every day to produce vitamin D3 in your body, or if you can’t get enough sunshine, you need to be on a high-quality vitamin D3 supplement, preferably combined with turmeric to help it absorb better. I personally take a vitamin D3/turmeric supplement every day.
I hope you learned a lot from this video. I hope it’s been beneficial to you. Here’s to your health. God bless.
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