Vitamin D

Vitamin or hormone, commonly known as Vitamin D is a fat soluble steroid is vital for fighting inflammation, maintain bone density and ward off some cancers. Ten minutes of sun exposure, three times a week to one third of your body, provides enough activation to fight inflammation in the body. Inflammation is caused by genetic predisposition, environmental triggers such as over exposure to silica-body powder no longer in popular use due to inhalation of silica. Other triggers are viral, hormonal or by the body’s natural response to pathogens or toxins but failing to switch off when the job is done mistakenly attacking the body’s own cells in its attempt to normalize the body and causing cell and tissue damage as a result.

The benefit of the Vitamin D got from exposure to the sun is that it is an activated form the body can use, this is Vitamin D3 and is eighty to one hundred percent bio available. Vitamin D2 however is the usual form found in supplements which is fifty to eighty percent useful to the body.

The excess Vitamin D is stored in fat and in bile in the gall bladder. Excretion amounts are small of this valuable vitamin. It is recycled in the body through the kidney systems and through the small intestine. Note, overexposure to the sun is not advantageous as the level is modulated in the body.

Body weight plays a factor in determining the required amount of Vitamin D. Studies have found the proportion increases with body weight.

Other ways of producing Vitamin D in the body are through the immune system, (breasts in women and prostrate in men), colon, beta and skin cells as in the exposure to the sun.

To fight inflammation, the body has two paths of resistance. Cytokines or phagocytosis. Cytokines, non antibody proteins, form messengers between cells. They are ant- inflammatory in the right conditions but can be pro- inflammatory. An over-production of the pro-inflammatory tumor-necrosis factor (TNT) over time results in tissue destruction.  These are thought to be general factors that result in rheumatoid arthritis.

Dehydration is one of the consequences of inflammation due to frequent diarrhea together with bladder infection resulting in a loss of minerals. An E coli bacterium that naturally occurs on the stomach is overabundant in the case of inflammation as a result the presence of this E coli is found in the joints of people with rheumatoid arthritis.  Normally this will balance out within a week of staying hydrated but those with an impaired balance of Vitamin D, Phosphorus and Calcium, are unable to regulate the inflammation.

 

Solution?

Stay hydrated drinking two litres of water a day this will allow the escape of toxins due to inflammation; also grab that free Vitamin D as the body can use it directly to fight infection. The advantage is there are no side effects or contra indications that may be found in oral supplements.

About The Author

I am a qualified nutrition-based enthusiast. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine from the College Of Natural Therapies in Sydney. I have written a 32 page booklet on living on a budget. The aim of the book is to fulfill nutritional requirements even if income is low. The recipes are for two weeks of dinners coinciding with a centre-link assistance income, and simple to follow with practical tips on how to save on shopping as well as equipment needed to prepare the meals. With clinical experience of food as medicine,this underlies the philosophy in this field. Born in New Zealand and loves travelling.

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