Sunshine in a bottle: Getting enough Vitamin D
The middle of winter is a tough time to get enough sunlight, and our bodies suffer.
Lack of sunlight is a major cause of vitamin D deficiency since sunlight is the primary source of vitamin D in humans. Vitamin D deficiency is now associated with 17 types of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, osteoporosis, asthma, and more recently with autism. Vitamin D is required to allow the body to absorb calcium from the food we eat which is why we get bone problems when vitamin D is lacking.
Wikipedia says “A diet deficient in vitamin D in conjunction with inadequate sun exposure causes osteomalacia (or rickets when it occurs in children), which is a softening of the bones. Vitamin D deficiency has become a worldwide issue in the elderly and remains common in children and adults.”
Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three times a day will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D (the necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day etc.). But getting vitamin D through sunlight is becoming less effective because after UVB is absorbed through the skin the liver and kidneys play a major role in transforming UVB to vitamin D. In this day and age, due to stress, toxins in our food and personal care products such as make-up, the chemicals in the water we drink and shower in or just simply many things we touch throughout our daily activities, we are putting an extra load on the liver because the liver is the organ that has to deal with all kinds of toxins that enter the body either orally or transdermally (through the skin). Then in the short daylight of winter in vast areas it is virtually impossible to get enough sunlight in the first place.
So when the liver is compromised due to these stresses and toxins, it is not able to fulfill its functions of transforming UVB into vitamin D optimally. The same thing happens to the kidneys. That’s why even though people may eat vitamin D rich foods (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc) and get enough sunlight on a daily basis, their vitamin D levels remain low.
For vitamin D, transdermal (through the skin) absorption is better than regular supplements.
Vegans* and vegetarians have an even harder job obtaining sufficient vitamin D as there are few foods that contain any naturally significant source outside of animal products.
DharmaSmart.com has a solution to this challenge!
The Vit D range of Vitamin D Transdermal supplements from SVAyurveda developed by Vaidya Mishra, a direct descendant in a 5,000 year lineage of Ayurvedic doctors (Vaidyas) caring for the Rajahs in India. The range includes a Transdermal Cream, a roll-on and now also a Deodorant Roll On.
What is the difference between the creams and the roll-ons?
The cream contains a lipid (fat) soluble delivery system for use on muscle tissue and provides a longer sustained delivery as it remains on the skin for a longer period than water based delivery methods. However readers should note that the shea butter carrier used in the cream may leave an oily residue on clothing and furniture when freshly applied, so Vaidya Mishra also developed the roll-ons, which are both water and lipid soluble and faster acting than the cream without leaving any residue.
If you would like to get more vitamin D for yourself and your family, please see the following links:
*Vegans should note that the vitamin D3 contained in the SVA Vit D range is obtained from lanolin derivatives and cod liver oil as Vaidya Mishra says there are no better sources for vitamin D3.
You may also be interested in Transdermal Vitamin B12.
Disclaimer: This product and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All of the information above is intended for educational purposes only and may not be used to replace or complement medical advice.