What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is a steroid hormone.
In this youtube video I discuss how Vitamin D plays a role in our mental health, general health (even cancer prevention) and the benefits it can have on one’s mental wellbeing and overall health to prevent diseases such as cancer and other autoimmune diseases.
Is it a Vitamin or a Steroid? Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is often overlooked mainly because it has the word “Vitamin” attached to it. I believe that it was misnamed and should have never been named as a vitamin because it functions as a hormone steroid in our bloodstream. Vitamin D is intimately involved in regulating the immune system (this is the reason why in the winter when the sun is lacking; humans are more prone to the flu and other compromising diseases). It is also good for many autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D is also very beneficial to take when being treated with TMS.
Does skin color matter? In this video, I discuss why people from different regions in the world that have different skin colors benefit from Vitamin D and how their skin color, the sun, and Vitamin D affects their health. Vitamin D has the ability to bring calcium for the gut into the bloodstream. Watch the video to find out how the technicalities work, affect mankind and how it has evolved throughout history.
Western Europe. What did human beings (hunter-gathers) wear to protect their bodies from the sun? Not much and that is why they were receiving the proper dosage of Vitamin D. In fact, their whole body was exposed to the sun! Nowadays the further north you are, the more cancer and autoimmune diseases are prevalent in that region of the world. This also translates into higher cancer rates in countries where the sun is lacking. For example, colon and breast cancers are higher in the northern regions of the world. Vitamin D is involved in screening the body and it can play a role in stopping certain small cancers that are in the beginning stages.
Australia vs. Africa. Despite having all the sun available to them; Aussies have been drilled to use sunscreen all their lives. Since they live in mostly air-conditioned places because they are very careful about not getting the sun they are lacking in Vitamin D and that is the reason they have higher rates of cancer. For example, in Africa, there are different diseases that are more apparent in their society but they are plagued by lower cancer rates. Lower rates of cancer are found in India, Africa, and Central America because they work outside the home and they get more sun exposure than other regions in the world.
In one study there was an indication that an adequate amount of Vitamin D can reduce both colon and breast cancer by 70%– this is very dramatic information! What should the dose be? There is no straight answer by the FDA because the recommendations keep on changing. Listen to my video to learn more about the right dosage you need to stay safe and healthy. I discuss how sunlight has a significant impact on your wellbeing and how Vitamin D was introduced to us.
Vitamin D is important in depression. Those who suffer from depression lack Vitamin D but is that because they don’t get out much and therefore don’t produce enough of it? Vitamin D worked better than light therapy for seasonal depression (a type of depression that occurs in the winter). Also during surgeries, those with adequate Vitamin D are more likely to survive their surgery because they have a stronger immune system due to Vitamin D.
The questions that we need to address are how many units do you really need to treat it? Does your weight play a factor? What about your age? Should you take in pill form or in shots (which is enough to last 3 months). How do you figure out all of this? What are the costs involved in purchasing Vitamin D? I strongly recommend that all of you read more about the benefits of Vitamin D.
Feel free to touch base with my office for more information about Vitamin D therapy or any other therapies to deal with depression or any other mental health issues you are a family member may be going through. Call me today to set up an appointment to help you overcome your mental health issues.