Most of us grew up hearing, “go get some sun, it’s good for you!”, knowing that sunshine was one of the many ways we could get our daily dose of Vitamin D. Knowing that 50% of the population is deficient in this Vitamin, it has become an important topic today in preventing illness, viral infections and creating a robust immune system.
According to a new study released July 15th, 2020, the “association between low levels of Vitamin D and increased risk of developing several immune-related diseases and disorders, including psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, sepsis, respiratory infection, and COVID-19, has been observed”.
The connection between Vitamin D levels and optimal health:
- When in active form Vitamin D exerts immunologic activities on multiple components of our innate and adaptive immune systems as well as our endothelial membrane stability.
- The anti viral component in Vitamin D is specific to respiratory function. What this does is stabilizes the destruction of endothelial tissues and protective against vascular function
- Vitamin D stabilizes the destruction of endothelial tissues and protective against vascular function
- The adaptive immune system is stimulated by Vitamin D
- Vitamin D is known to stimulate natural killer function
What may be preventing you from getting enough Vitamin D?
- Did you know that the overuse of sunscreen blocks UVB light and the absorption of Vit D?
- When the normal balance of bacterial flow in your gut occurs, a condition called Gut dysbiosis occurs. Gut dysbiosis leads to conditions like candida, IBS, leaky gut and these will lead to difficulty absorbing Vit D.
- Did you know that the carbon particles in air pollution / quality of our air block UVB light?
- Obesity contributes to our ability to absorb Vit D because it is absorbed in fat tissues and not easily released. Burning fat is the key here!(aka, ketosis via metabolic flexibility)
- The temperature of your skin contributes to absorption because warmer skin is better at turning UVB light and turning it into Vit D.
- Darker skin’s melanin blocks UVB light. So therefore, the tone of your skin determines how much UVB light is absorbed.