The Summertime Vitamins….D and Sea…
Did you know that most of America is likely not getting vitamin D from the sun during winter months?
This has to do with latitude and the arc of the sun rays towards Earth at different times of the year.
Vitamin D is from UVB rays and we sunburn from both UVA and B but UBV rays are blocked from
the ozone when the sun is below a certain angle in the sky during winter months across the US.
But this isn’t about winter- it’s summertime! And summa’ is that time of year all of America not only
gets to have its fun in the sun but also reaps the easiest and cheapest means to obtaining vitamin D.
- What’s Vitamin D Do For Me?
- Fights depression or SAD
- Combats blood sugar imbalances
- Supports healthy blood pressure
- Boosts immunity against repeat colds or infections and even cancer
- Helps with auto-immune disorders
- Supports bone health
- Boosts cognitive health
Can I Get Vitamin D From Foods?
You can source D from ocean fishes and eggs, but the caveat is eating free range eggs from chickens
who’ve seen the light of day themselves (careful, many FDA “free range” chickens are granted as little
as 1 hour a day their whole lives yet are still allowed the “free range” packaging stamp so read up on
your egg companies for these details). Only ONE plant source contains vitamin D and that’s
mushrooms. Mushrooms are an excellent source of D vitamins.
Shroom fact: mushrooms can make their own vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. They really do put
the fun in fungi…
Tips On Supplements
Don’t skimp on brands! Head to a local natural grocer store for best options and avoid purchasing from
the likes of Amazon due to unknown warehouse conditions (degrading quality or potency) and 3rd party
knockoffs which is easy to do with supplements. About 2,000 IU is a good basic dose in the winter but
if your blood work comes back low, at least double that to help you get on track. If you are getting
summer sunshine sans sunscreen you can probably stop your D supplement because….
Sunshine D Is FREE!
The BEST way to get vitamin D is in the summertime through the bottomless resource of the sunshine.
During summer months, 10-15 minutes a day gives you hands down the most balanced vitamin D your
body needs. Your skin is the best D converter. Be mindful that you must wear NO sunscreen- they
block the D containing UV rays that give your body the loving jolt of vitamin D it needs. Actually,
many forward experts will now state sun exposure is likely beneficial up until you sunburn, essentially
speaking, non-burning sun exposure is good for you and for some people that might be 10 minutes and
for others it can be an hour.
If you’re new to the supplement industry or just getting started with nutraceuticals there can be a lot of questions and confusion. You certainly don’t want to take any missteps when you’re just starting out. So here on usfoodmanufacturing.com can help you when working with nutraceutical manufacturers.
After D, Protect Both Your Skin And Sea
Your surf board is waxed and you’re ready to face-plant in some waves for a sun-filled day of fun. You
need sunscreen to protect your birthday suit so let us discuss options.
There are two main types of sunscreen categories on the market:
These ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Not only are these the ones that leave your
nose tube sock white but they create a barrier on top of your skin and reflect UV rays, preventing rays
from entering your skin layers.
These contain ingredients that are potentially more harmful than good. Some may even mix with the
sun UV rays and cause cancer. Steer clear of things like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate.
While not sunscreens, these are often added in chemical sunscreens and are worthy of steering clear as
well: parabens, methylisothiazolinone (MIT). All of the these disrupt hormone regulation including sex
hormones, metabolism for weight control, and the thyroid. Many of these end up in your lymph and
have tested to be reliably in most breast milk. They’ve also been shown to increase skin allergies, esp
MIT. It is also worth observing that skin cancer rates have been rising every year since the 70’s yet
humans are spending less time outdoors and increasing sunscreen use. Chemicals in food that reach UV
rays through your skin are also being considered suggesting eating “clean” can also play a protective
part. Oxybenzone and/or octinoxate are in nearly all commonly store bought sunscreens and they are not
only very harmful to you but are killing off the coral reefs as well. Granted, rising sea temps and other
pollutions such as pesticides and herbicides contribute to the state of affairs threatening coral reefs, it is
estimated that 14,000 tons of chemical sunscreens end up in coral reefs each year bleaching them and
killing off their nutrients. Many of American sunscreen ingredients are already banned in Europe and
now Hawaii is leading a large State-side effort by soon becoming the 1st state to ban these ingredients.
Recommended sea and skin friendly screens:
- Sierra Madre
- Shade Sunscreens
- Goddess Garden
- California Baby- great for kids young and old
While aloe vera is excellent healer to rub on a sunburn it also comes in liquid forms to drink and can help soothe from the inside out. It soothes gut linings for digestive issues and bladder linings from chronic UTI’s. Cheers to that!