As you probably know; many public water supplies around the United States are fluoridated, allegedly to help prevent tooth decay. However, there’s overwhelming evidence showing that ingesting fluoride is not the way to protect your teeth. Just the opposite, fluoride is a potent toxin, and over 40 percent of American children and teens are showing signs of fluoride overexposure in the form of “Dental Fluorosis”; unsightly yellow or brown spots or mottling on their teeth.
Studies have also suggested that too much fluoride can also potentially reduce a person’s IQ; rotting the brain and the teeth at the same time! How lovely!
The idea that Vitamin D may help protect against tooth decay is very interesting, and actually makes perfect sense since we already know it is necessary for bone health. Vitamin D also regulates a specific gene that produces over 200 anti-microbial peptides, some of which work like broad-spectrum antibiotics (i.e. cathelicidin which attacks oral bacteria).
Taking care of our teeth is very important from an overall health standpoint also. Remember that gum disease increases your risk of several other serious diseases, including; heart disease, pneumonia, lung disease, diabetes and stroke. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to an increased risk of all of these conditions. This illustrates the interdependency between seemingly non-connected systems within your body.
Consequently, Vitamin D is a very important part of our overall health and is becoming suggested more and more as an Essential Supplement that our bodies need. “Essential” simply means that the body absolutely needs the nutrient and can only be obtained from outside the body
The Best Source of Vitamin D
Exposing your skin to sunlight is the best of Vitamin D as this will also produce Vitamin D3 sulfate. As a general guideline, getting about 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure a day, with at least 40 percent of your skin exposed will boost the vitamin levels above 40 ng/ml in most people. However, this is highly variable and dependent on a number of factors, including your skin color, location and altitude. If you’re able to get out in the sun for an adequate time period each day, your Vitamin D levels should be naturally optimized.
Unfortunately, the average person only gets 10 minutes out in the sun per day and usually only exposes a small percentage of skin to the sun. This is especially the case during the winter months in the highest latitudes.
Beyond the Sun
If you are not getting enough sun exposure then you will need to supplement your Vitamin D levels somehow. Therefore, taking a high-quality Vitamin D supplement is a good idea. It is also important to keep in mind that if you opt for oral supplementation, to use natural vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) only. Do not use the synthetic and the highly inferior Vitamin D2.
In our opinion, the best Vitamin D3 supplements are OsteOmegaCare and OsteoProCare made by Life Force International. Both Provide 1,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 per 1 tbsp, which is perfect for boosting your Vitamin D3 levels to the necessary levels. In combination with a little sun exposure there is a good chance supplementation can be a legitimate answer for filling in the gaps created by our inflexible lifestyles.
Based on recent research published by Grassroots Health from the D*Action study, the average adult needs to take 8,000 IU’s of Vitamin D per day in order to elevate their levels above 40 ng/ml, which they believe is the bare minimum for disease prevention.
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Health Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The statements and products are not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any diseases.