(NaturalHealth365) In the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, W.B. Grant of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco concluded that doubling one’s serum level of vitamin D may increase life expectancy by an average of two years.
Research shows that current vitamin D recommendations may be inadequate. Using epidemiological studies, Dr. Grant calculated that increasing serum vitamin D could lower the mortality rate of diseases, which are sensitive to vitamin D by approximately 20%. Positive outcomes were seen by increasing serum vitamin D levels from 22 to 44 ng/mL, however levels higher than 50 ng/mL are where the real promise of longevity can occur.
Obese Americans don’t understand the danger
Getting full spectrum sunlight isn’t a guarantee of adequate vitamin D levels. There is a way Americans may be wiping out their level of vitamin D, and shortening their life expectancy. Vitamin D is stored in fat, when you increase fat you are retaining more vitamin D. To liberate vitamin D and raise the levels you have to burn fat.
Physical activity stimulates fat burning and will liberate vitamin D from your fat stores. Routine physical activity, which works up a sweat, has been shown to significantly raise vitamin D levels. When your “body mass index” (BMI) goes up, the level of activity falls along with the vitamin D level.
Winter can have grave consequences to your health
Nature intended for us to burn most of our fat stores over the winter months – due to less food being available. But, since there is such an abundance of food availability all year round, this biologically-natural process isn’t being utilized within modern living condition.
This is one (major) reason why the “battle of the bulge” can be considered a threat to our national security. Our western lifestyles have us eating more food in the cold months, and through the holidays. (not good) So rather than liberating stored vitamin D for our body to use – we store more by gaining weight when it is time to trim down.
People who are obese and have a body mass index greater than 30 or who have had gastric bypass surgery usually have lower vitamin D serum levels than non-obese individuals. Obesity doesn’t affect the skin’s capacity to synthesize vitamin D, but greater amounts of subcutaneous fat holds the vitamin D hostage. The problem with gastric bypass surgery is that it diverts food from the upper part of the small intestine – where vitamin D is absorbed – along with other nutrients.
There is some new research, which shows that a vitamin D deficiency can interfere with the hormone leptin, which is the hormone that lets you know when you are full. This may be why modern man eats more and gains weight in the winter.
Since vitamin D deficiency is increasingly associated with many common cancers, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and infectious diseases, it would seem prudent to find effective ways to liberate our stored vitamin D during the colder months.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.