Sunshine and Vitamin D

Getting sunburned is NOT good, but we all need sunshine.  It is the main source of life on this planet. 

Our bodies convert sunshine into vitamin D from the oils in our skin.  But if we are deficient in antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables like berries, broccoli, kale, and even algae, the body cannot protect us from the harmful rays of the sun.  This is the only time sunshine can be dangerous.

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It always comes back around to our nutritional status.  If our body has all the nutrients it needs, it can even stave off skin cancer.

Adequate amounts of Vitamin D can protect us from breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancers, (to name a few); it decreases inflammation, is necessary for calcium absorption, prevents brittle bones, and is indispensible in our body’s immune function. It prevents rickets*, high blood pressure, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, mental illness, DEPRESSION and more. +36  Breast cancer tumors grow more in winter months, when there is less sunshine.  

Vitamin D is even better than fluoride in preventing cavities

There were several studies reported on vitamin D and dental cavities in the 1920s and 1930s. May Mellanby and coworkers in Sheffield, England, did studies on the role of vitamin D on teeth in the 1920s. The first experiments were with dogs. It was found that vitamin D stimulated the calcification of teeth. Subsequently, they studied the effect of vitamin D on dental cavities in children, finding a beneficial effect. Additional studies were conducted on children in New York regarding dental cavities with respect to season, artificial ultraviolet-B (UVB) irradiance, and oral intake of vitamin D with the finding that it took 800 IU/day to prevent cavities effectively.”

We have become so afraid of the sun, that we are willing to slather sunscreen on our skin that has dangerous chemicals like PABA, oxybenzone, and retinyl palminate. 

Everything you put on your skin absorbs into your blood stream, and these chemicals release free radicals that increase the risk of cancer.

Sunshine is the safest way to get natural vitamin D, especially if you are well nourished. Thirty minutes of sun per day can produce as much as 20,000 IU of Vitamin D.  That is for a pale person without clothes or sunscreen.  If you have darker skin, (more melatonin*), you need to stay out longer in the sun because melatonin, blocks sun rays.  

If you live in cold climates, or work inside like most of us do, you are not getting the sun exposure you need. 

A tanning booth can be a good substitute for sunshine, if you are on a healthy diet and well nourished.

If you are still afraid of the sun, or your diet consists mainly of junk food, you can get vitamin D from foods, but it is not as good as the life giving rays of the sun.

High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil, from Green Pastures has 3,450 IU of vitamin D per tablespoon.  This is the highest food source amount of vitamin D I have found that is readily available.  Standard cod liver oil has about 1,200 IU’s.  Eggs, (especially duck eggs), salmon, sardines, and rainbow trout, are also good sources.  See the reference for the complete list.

  Vitamin D supplements are available but are not as safe as natural sources.  Remember, the body does not recognize synthetic sources outside of nature and toxicities can result. To avoid vitamin D toxicity, vitamin D levels need to be monitored by your doctor.  

CHOLECALCIFEROL (vitamin D3) is the most absorbable form of synthesized vitamin D.  Have your doctor check for:  VITAMIN D 25-DIHYDROXY with a blood test, as vitamin D can be toxic in high doses. The optimum levels are 50-55 ng/ml or 115-129 nmol/L.

But wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to eat better and lay out in the sun for 30 minutes? 

Feeling low? Relax by a pool, eat a bowl of cherries or fresh broccoli salad, and let the sun melt your blues away. 


  1. Book-From Seafood to Sunshine, A new Understanding of Vitamin D, by Chris Master John. 12/17/06


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About Jill RN

I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years working in the Trauma stepdown of LAUSC county hospital to the Heart Transplant unit at UCLA, Post partum and travel nurse. I realized that there was very little room for holistic medicine in the traditional medical field and started researching natural cures to address the whole person: Body mind and spirit. I enjoy working with people who are motivated to change their lifestyle to a more healthy and balanced one. I offer stress reduction therapies as well as unprocessed stress can also reek havoc on our body and being, True health is not complex but it takes a commitment and willingness to change old habits and create a more positive environment so the body can heal and repair. It is not an over night process, but certainty well worth the effort to achieve a lifestyle of health and wellbeing.
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