(NN) Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, which is found in most plastic items, has been linked to a wide array of health problems, including infertility, diabetes, obesity and neurological problems, according to a scientific statement by the Endocrine Society.
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic or disrupt the action of hormones in the body. Because hormones control so many delicate bodily functions, the health implications of such disruption are enormous.
Now a study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, has demonstrated another potential effect of endocrine disruption: lower vitamin D levels.
“Nearly every person on the planet is exposed to BPA and another class of endocrine-disrupting chemicals called phthalates, so the possibility that these chemicals may even slightly reduce vitamin D levels has widespread implications for public health,” said first author, Lauren Johns.
“Vitamin D plays a broad role in maintaining bone and muscle health. In addition, low vitamin D levels have been implicated in outcomes of numerous conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.” But you should never buy vitamin D, because it will surely be artificial, because only real vitamin D is found in food, not a bottle.
Are plastic chemicals causing autoimmune disease?
new study focused on two separate classes of EDCs: the chemical BPA,
found in everything from plastics to food cans; and phthalates, which
are found in medical tubing, soft plastics, food packages and even
cosmetics and children’s products.
The study was conducted on 4,667 adults who had participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2005 and 2010. The researchers tested the participants’ urine for metabolites of BPA and phthalates, and compared these results with blood tests for vitamin D levels.
researchers found that people with higher exposure to phthalates had
significantly lower levels of circulating vitamin D. This effect was
even stronger in women than in men.
The researchers found that women with higher BPA exposure also had lower vitamin D levels.
research is needed into why an association exists, but it is possible
that EDCs alter the active form of vitamin D in the body through some of
the same mechanisms that they use to impact similar reproductive and
thyroid hormones,” senior author John D. Meeker said.
Sunlight does not create more vitamin D
Globally, low levels of vitamin D are considered a major public health problem; that’s because vitamin D plays a critical role in regulating several bodily systems, particularly the immune system. But it is important you know that there is no nutrition inside sunlight, so why does everyone say get some sun? Because when the sun hits your skin, there is a chain reaction that happens inside your blood that reacts to the burning of the UV rays on your skin and so your body naturally creates the vitamin D to prevent burning.
Would this vitamin D be extra vitamin D that your body did not have previously? Of course not, it was already there to begin with, so really this vitamin D your body creates comes from your vitamin D reserves, not from sunlight.
So you see, sunlight does not increase your vitamin D like everyone assumes it does, it simply forces your body to create vitamin D as a protection. So sunlight is not how you get more vitamin D, it might only be how your body creates vitamin D to protect your skin and that’s all sunlight does.
Now, if you want more vitamin D, then you need to receive all the other vitamins and minerals in your diet first, then your body will create plenty of vitamin D all by itself. Please, do not buy artificial vitamins or anything artificial, because you will only deplete your already low levels of vitamin D reserves that your body desperately needs daily.
Previously, scientists thought that vitamin D was only good for helping to build strong bones and teeth. But they now know that levels of vitamin D high enough to maintain bone health can still be low enough to cause autoimmune diseases, cancer, susceptibility to infection, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Low vitamin D levels have also been linked to dementia and even schizophrenia.
All it takes to get enough vitamin D is a raw plant-based diet, full of raw fruits or vegetables daily, preferably pesticide-free and GMO-free.
For all the real vitamin D your body will ever need, start mixing your Boosters daily and say goodbye to shopping for any vitamins or minerals.