Vitamin D – What is it? What Does It Do? How Do We Get It? And Why You Should Care
Hola! My name is Austin White. I’m the proprietor of NudeSpots.com and for our very, very FIRST blog article I want to tell you a little bit about Vitamin D. Actually, I’m going to be using this blog to tell you A LOT about vitamin D over the course of many articles.
“Vitamin D??… What does that have to do with getting naked?”
A lot! It’s actually the main reason this website was created in the first place. You see, our primary source of vitamin D is….
(Photo credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory)
The powerful ultraviolet rays from our sun travel all the way to Earth, penetrate our atmosphere, and when those warm rays touch your naked skin, they trigger a chemical process in your body resulting in….
The production of vitamin D!
I’m simplifying it a little bit, but that’s basically how it works. When your unprotected skin (no clothing, no sunscreen) is exposed to UVB-rich sunlight (non-winter, mid-day sun), your body actually creates it’s own vitamin D to use.
So that’s vitamin D’s connection to NudeSpots. NudeSpots is all about getting naked in the sun; when our naked skin receives the right sun exposure we get a nice dose of vitamin D.
So what is vitamin D and what does it do?…
Well, first off, since our bodies are capable of producing vitamin D without ingesting it from dietary sources, this technically makes vitamin D a hormone. Specifically, vitamin D is what the docs call a secosteroid hormone in the steroid hormone family. Vitamin D is actually more similar to testosterone and anabolic steroids than it is to any diet-derived vitamin or mineral. Our bodies make it ,and, like other steroid hormones, it has profound effects on our personal physiology – influencing more than 2,000 of your genes. Vitamin D positively affects virtually every single cell, tissue, and organ in your body and a vitamin D-deficiency can cause devastating physical consequences.
So remember that next time you’re sunbathing! You’re not just relaxing and getting a sexy tan, you’re also loading up on a vitally important substance for your health. Vitamin D probably plays a gigantic role in why people love going to the beach so much, tanning around pools at resorts, and taking a boat out for a day. That sunshine is doing a lot of good things to your body. When you learn about vitamin D’s role in your health it starts to become extremely clear why it feels so good to get a little bit of sun. (And also why other animals enjoy sunbathing.)
Sunbathing = your body getting a dose of a steroid hormone.
So why is it called “vitamin” D if it’s actually a hormone? Well, basically, the scientists who first discovered the presence of vitamin D a century ago simply made an ignorant mistake with the labeling and the “vitamin” label has stuck ever since. This was at a time when they were discovering other vitamins and “vitamin” D got lumped in with them rather than being recognized as a hormone. Wrong place at the wrong time for vitamin D’s fame!
Vitamin D is found in somewhat decent amounts in oily fish and was first discovered as a component of cod liver oil. It is technically possible to get your “vitamin” D from food sources much like you get your other vitamins, so they weren’t totally wrong. They just didn’t know at the time that we actually get most of our “vitamin” D from sun exposure to our naked skin.
We really should be calling it Hormone D, but it’s probably going to take a longtime for this correction to happen.
I keep mentioning that vitamin D does a lot of good stuff for your body, so let’s quickly go over some of the benefits of having adequate levels. (I’ll be covering each one of these in much greater detail in coming articles, so remember to join the email list here to get those.)
Now remember, if this list seems a bit farfetched to you, we’re talking about a steroid hormone. Hormones have more powerful effects on the body compared to non-hormone vitamins and minerals.
Achieving optimal vitamin D levels:
–prevents the development of internal cancers and melanoma skin cancer
–reduces your risk of developing an autoimmune disease
-prevents bone diseases such as osteomalacia, osteopenia, and osteoporosis
–prevents degenerative “old age” diseases such as dementia, osteoporosis, and sarcopenia
(In addition to all the benefits of vitamin D, sunbathing also provides a lot of additional benefits such as bright light therapy, which alleviates depression and regulates your circadian rhythm, and also causes the release of beta-endorphins in your body – “happy chemicals” similar to what makes people feel good during and after exercise.)
As you can see, making sure you get adequate vitamin D is a crucial part of maintaining your health. I’ll even go so far as to say that without sufficient levels throughout your lifetime you will not live as long and your quality of life will be much lower. You will be more prone to developing cancer, autoimmune diseases, and bones diseases, you will get sick more often. You will be physically weaker, your brain will not work as good, your mood will suffer, you will be more prone to depressions, and you will age much worse and much faster with an increased likelihood of developing dementia and suffering catastrophic bone fractures.
These are the consequences of long-term vitamin D deficiency. The scarier fact about vitamin D deficiency is that the most serious consequences are long-latency problems – they can take years and decades to become noticeable. They do not pop up quickly, like, say, a potassium deficiency where you quickly start experiencing muscle cramps. The most threatening and painful vitamin D deficiency symptoms can take a while to become detectable and even worse – when they are detected they are often misdiagnosed and mistreated.
For example, a person suffering from depression may very well be actually suffering from a severe vitamin D deficiency, but get prescribed pharmaceutical anti-depressants rather than having their vitamin D levels checked. Or a person with chronic pain may be diagnosed with having fibromyalgia and get prescribed prescription painkillers, when they’re actually suffering from vitamin D deficiency-caused osteomalacia. Or a person with recurring sinus infections may keep getting prescribed round after round of side-effect-heavy antibiotics, when the real problem is a chronically weak immune system resulting from chronically low vitamin D levels. Or a middle-aged man may be looking to start testosterone replacement therapy to give him some more energy, when simply sunbathing on the weekend or taking vitamin D3 supplements could be enough to bring his strength and mood back up.
(Perhaps the fact that sunbathing and vitamin D3 supplements can’t be patented and sold for ridiculous prices has something to do with the fact that the mainstream medical establishment is so uninterested in our vitamin D levels…)
The effects of long-term vitamin D deficiency become even more disturbing when you find out how many people are deficient. The vast majority of epidemiological studies on population vitamin D deficiencies show that the vast majority of people in our “developed” Western civilization are deficient. Despite the devastating health consequences, vitamin D deficiency is the norm rather than an exception. Our advanced, technological way of life that provides us so much comfort has also taken us indoors and out of the sunlight our bodies require to make this hormone.
The average adult probably works 30-40 hours per week at an indoor job. They likely commute to and from that job in some kind of sheltering transport vehicle (car, bus, subway). During their walk from their vehicle to their place of work they are likely covering up the majority of their skin with clothing, preventing vitamin D synthesis from taking place. They probably work the typical 9-5 schedule, or something similar, in which they are indoors working during most of the day and missing most of the sunlight. By the time they get out of work the sunlight is too weak to help them create vitamin D even if they were to immediately strip off all their clothes and sunbathe in the parking lot. And, unfortunately, their days off are likely to be heavily-occupied with MORE indoor activity. If they do get out in the sun on their days off, they’re likely to be covering up with clothing and sunscreen.
Unless they’re using supplements, a person living this kind of a sun-devoid lifestyle will develop a vitamin D deficiency if they don’t start finding ways to inject more sunshine into their life.
And that’s what NudeSpots.com is all about! We show you all the places in your area where you can sunbathe naked and maximize the amount of vitamin D you can make in a sunbathing session. Regular, nude, full-body sunbathing – provided you don’t allow yourself to get burned – is the fastest, cheapest, safest, and most effective way to maintain adequate vitamin D levels.
As a species, we must start taking vitamin D more seriously and rethink our relationship with the sun. Considering the health benefits of vitamin D, the painful and economically staggering costs of global vitamin D deficiency, and how incredibly easy it is to change this, we really have no excuse. We can’t progress as fast as a civilization if we’re weak, sick, disease-ridden, and dying prematurely, which is exactly what is happening in Western civilization. We’re not healthy! Our generation may even become one of the least healthy to have ever existed! Obesity and cancer should not be considered “normal”! Disease and sickness are becoming normalized and that is the present point at which we can turn this around.
Check back to this blog often and sign up to the email list. I’ll be covering everything I touched on in this article in much, much more detail in articles to come. We are experiencing the beginning of a vitamin D revolution right now and there is A LOT to talk about!
In the mean time, you can use our nude spots search database here to find a spot in your area where you can get naked and max out your vitamin D levels.
Until next time,
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