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★ Could your skin be Vitamin D deficient?

★ What does the body need Vitamin D for and is Sunshine our friend or our foe?..

Don't be afraid of the sun, just be sensible.

We are only just beginning to learn how important Vitamin D is to us as a Northern Nation. Previous believed RDA levels are now being reviewed up and some scientists are now campaigning that we need a minimum of 2000 - 5000 iu a day instead of the previously government recommended 50 iu a day.

The www.vitamindcouncil.org was the first non profit making organisation to campaign for research on Vitamin D. Please check them out if you want to know more than this simple introduction.

Vitamin D3 deficiency is the cause of Rickets and Osteoporosis and is a contributory factor in many health conditions from Diabetes to Thyroid disease and it certainly effects the health and vibrancy of our skin.
Healthy levels of Vitamin D3 is absolutely essential for us to grow strong healthy bones, hair, skin, and organs.

Scientists are doing research to see if Vitamin D3 deficiency could be a contributing factor in the development of Acne conditions, Eczema and Psoriasis.

♥ Many people find that their skin condition clears up or improves while on a sunny holiday or spending time out of doors in the summer. Vitamin D3 is the reason.

My personal view and my personal experience is that Vitamin D3 absorbed by the sun builds beautiful firm healthy skin and gives a healthy shine to eyes and hair.

What time of day is best to get optimal Vitamin D3?

Unfortunately, because the majority of us work indoors, we find it difficult to get adequate sun. But if you can – try to get a lot of your vitamin D outdoors, perhaps during your lunch break. Under the right conditions, you can very efficiently get 10,000 iu. of the vitamin with just a few minutes of sun exposure.

The best time of the day is between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM (11:00AM to 4:00 PM during Daylight Savings Time) during the summer months between April and September, when the sun is highest in the sky, and the UV index is adequate.

In lower latitudes and as you get closer to the equator, the benefit is provided year-round, but isn’t practical for many of us due to adverse temperatures. If you live in the UK, you can only get your adequate sun during the summer so you will need to supplement. The sun’s angle won’t be sufficient to get enough in the cold months.

Vitamin D3 facts you really need to know (source: naturalnews.com)
Vitamin D3 is made by your skin in response to sunlight touching your skin. WE also make Vitamin D3 when sunlight hits the back of our retina (eyes) but not if we're wearing sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses.

Our skin can not generate vitamin D3 when sitting behind glass, in our Car or Conservatory.

Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D3 It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D3 from your diet alone. It is a fact that we can only get 10% of our Vitamin D requirement from our food.

A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D3 fortified milk each day just to get the very minimum levels of vitamin D3 into their diet.

The further you live from the equator, the longer sun exposure you need to make enough Vitamin D3.

People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 - 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D.

Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium rendering calcium supplements useless.

Chronic vitamin D3 cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation and sun light exposure to rebuild the body's bones and nervous system.

★ Even weak sunscreens (SPF 8) block your body's ability to generate vitamin D by 95%. This is why it is important to get a minimum amount of sunshine before applying a sunscreen.

It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs.

If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may be suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now, your Dr will be able to give a simple blood test to confirm.

Vitamin D is absorbed by cells in our skin but it is "activated" in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used.

Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body's ability to activate circulating vitamin D.

The sunscreen industry doesn't want you to know that your body actually needs sunlight exposure because that realization would mean lower sales of sunscreen.