Vitamin D Therapy
Vitamin D3 is a hormone that your skin makes when you are exposed to sunlight, it is not a vitamin it was just mislabeled
when it was discovered. When your Vitamin D3 levels are low, your body gets you to prepare for winter by overeating,
slowing you down to conserve energy, and even making you depressed to keep you housebound.
The primary source of Vitamin D is photochemically through the skin from ultraviolet rays in sunlight. If you have limited sunlight, you may get supplemental Vitamin D through food sources like fish oil, mushrooms and dairy products. Vitamin D therapy by sunlight or supplements can prevent or reverse some maladies and contribute to your general health, growth and well-being.
While exposure to sunligh isn't always possible due to the change of the seasons and your geographic location (and your skin color), this is the ideal to aim for as it will optimize your vitamin D levels naturally.
To use the sun to maximize your vitamin D production and minimize your risk of skin damage, the middle of the day (roughly between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) is the best and safest time. During this UVB-intense period you will need the shortest sun exposure time to produce the most vitamin D.
The Vitamin D Council states that the current system of naming vitamin D is confusing and often misleading. The naturally occurring form of vitamin D is known as cholecalciferol, or vitamin D3. When you see a reference to Vitamin D without any number attached, the reference is usually to vitamin D3. This form of vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is available in very few foods, is often added to other foods, or is taken as a supplement. It is naturally produced when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike your bare skin. It is artificially produced for supplements by radiating lanolin. Vitamin D3 is inactive biologically and needs to be changed, or hydroxylated, twice in the body to become active.
Vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of the most common diseases, including heart disease and cancer. In addition to its role in enabling calcium to be absorbed from the gut, new research is showing that vitamin D prevents heart disease, and stops the out-of-control cell growth that characterizes cancer. The less sunshine we get, the higher our risk is for cancers of the colon, prostate, breast, lung and, believe it or not, skin. Other research shows that vitamin D deficiency may be causing autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis (MS).
Vitamin D deficiency can also cause muscle weakness, osteoporosis and chronic low back pain.
People with symptoms of hypothyroidism, non-specific musculoskeletal pain are frequently found to have low vitamin D levels and show clinical improvement after supplementation. Vitamin D can be locked up in fat stores in people who are overweight or obese. Clinical studies show that, obesity is associated with lower levels of circulating 25-hydroxy vitamin D.
Vitamin D therapy can help treat and reverse rickets in children, bone diseases. Vitamin D levels can help treat effect obesity, depression, autism, Alzheimer's. Low levels of vitamin d could be a cause for acne, arthritis, depression, diabetes, hypertension, asthma.
THE SUNSHINE HORMONE VITAMIN D3 contains fascinating information on the damage of lower levels of Vitamin D3.