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This important vitamin is often over-looked. It’s actually not a vitamin though, it’s like or hormone regulator or something. And how many genes in your body does it regulate? 2,000 out of 30,000 is how many.

Sure, it’s only 2,000, which may or may not seem like a lot to you. But it doesn’t take a whole lot of mutated genes to cause cancer or a mutation or something.

Think back about 300 years when your ancestors probably spent tons of time in the sun, gardening, playing, or whatever. Were people always getting skin cancer back then? No.

I recently saw this graph about how much skin cancer/melanoma had risen in the past 30 years. The rates have tripled for men, and doubled for women. I found that information on a sunscreen company’s website. If you think about it, have we been getting more sun over the past 30 years than our ancestors? Have we been putting on less sunscreen? The answer for both is no. We have been getting a lot less sun and slathering on chemicals that are supposed to protect us, but really only protect us from absorbing vitamin D. Not only are most sunscreens full of chemicals, they also keep block the vitamin D that your skin needs.

So get out in the sun. I know this is really hard to do, so you can also supplement your vitamin D. Get D3, not D2. D2 is artificial and produced by plants. D3 is more like the kind your body produces.

Supplementing

Right now, I take about 2,000 IU’s a day. Some people need more, some need less, I take more on the low side, just to be safe. You can get your levels tested, but that means pricking your finger, which I don’t want to do in the near future. You can also use your own health as a guide. However much makes you feel the best is the right level for you.

Exposure to Sunlight

Or you can go out in the sun. About twenty minutes (with a lot of skin exposed) lets you absorb 20,000 IU’s. Once you have enough, your body will stop absorbing it. This is the safest way.

Do not get sunburned though, because that is not healthy.

Something else to keep in mind is that the darker your skin, the more sun you’ll need. Also, if you are older, than your body absorbs less. And a general rule is that if your shadow is longer than you, then you are probably not absorbing (at least very much) vitamin D.

So start keeping tabs on how much sun you get, and don’t be like how I was, a shade-seeking, sunscreen-slathering freak!

Symptoms

This is Dr. Mercola’s (I love is newsletters!) of things that are at least partially a result of a vitamin D deficiency:

Cancer, Hypertension, Heart disease, Autism, Obesity, Rheumatoid arthritis, Diabetes 1 and 2, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Cold & Flu, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Tuberculosis, Septicemia, Signs of aging, Dementia, Eczema & Psoriasis, Insomnia, Hearing loss, Muscle pain, Cavities, Periodontal disease, Osteoporosis, Macular degeneration, Reduced C-section risk, Pre eclampsia, Seizures, Infertility, Asthma, Cystic fibrosis, Migraines, Depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and Schizophrenia

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Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

For the record, I don’t spend a whole lot of time or thought on cleaning-things, but since I just did hydrogen peroxide, I’ll talk about baking soda now.

Baking soda is another things that’s very cheap, and is another great alternative to lots of things.

Some things I use it for:

1 – To brush my teeth – I’ve used it alone, or you can use it with your toothpaste. I eventually got around to finding a natural toothpaste without chemicals. Your toothpaste could say natural and have something like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in it still.

2 – To exfoliate, usually my face – It leaves your face fresh, but don’t leave it on for long, it’s drying!

3 – As a great deodorant – I use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Sometimes I need to put it on twice during the day, I’m kind of new at using it.  Anyways, it kills the bacteria, which causes the smell.  I love it, and it’s natural.  Antiperspirants are bad because, for one, it’s obviously not natural, and for two, sweating is a great way to get rid of toxins.  So most deodorants aren’t healthy.  Some people just put the baking soda under their arm and have had a lot of success.

4 – And of course, for baking!  It’s what makes the cookies raise 🙂

I also forgot two things about the hydrogen peroxide:

1 – If you have a problem with earwax build up (like I do) then you can lie on your side a put a few drops in.  Then after some time, maybe ten minutes, let it drip back out if it will come.  It feels weird and you’ll be able to hear it fizzing (a sound I find satisfying).  If you tilt your head on it’s side then it will plug your ear, but that’s okay, because you’ll eventaully let it drip out.  It definitely beats getting your ear irrigated (I know from experience).

2 – Another good deodorant.  If I use plain hydrogen peroxide then I have to spray it on twice.  That’s why I mix it with baking soda because the baking soda will stay there.  I put it all in a squirt bottle, which makes it so easy.

Good luck,  I hope I helped you!

fall_imageI love hydrogen peroxide!  Go get some right now.  I like it for a couple reasons:

1 – It’s cheap!  You get this big bottle for less than a $1.00

2 – It’s a great cleaner!

From my experience, hydrogen peroxide is found in the pharmacy.  We had it at our local grocery store, so I bet you’ll have it too.

One of the things that I use it for it to clean my teeth.  Almost every day, I swish it around in my mouth for about a minute and then spit it out, then brush my teeth (with the most natural toothpaste I could find, Spry).  It leaves your feeling so clean (because they are clean) and a lot of people think it makes them look whiter (like me).  Also, I always give my toothbrush a few squirts, because after sitting out, it has plenty of time to grow bacteria and other stuff on it.

Another thing that it can be used for is to clean things/surfaces in your house.  A natural way to clean a surface (without harmful chemicals and stuff) is to spray it with vinegar, then hydrogen peroxide.

Some people report having cured different kinds of diseases and stuff by consuming a few drops of FOOD GRADE 35% solution.  Google this, I haven’t tried it.  I think it’s like a cleanser or something.

It comes diluted to 3%  and usually has stabilizers in that you want to be careful you don’t ingest this kind.  This is the kind that you will probably find.  I haven’t found food grade yet.

Have fun with it, but be careful, it is a chemical!

Update: GOOD INFO FROM THE POSTERS, THEY KNOW A LOT! AND THIS IS PART OF FIGHT BACK FRIDAY’S @ FOOD RENEGADE (I always forget that part).

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