Here’s why sun worshippers live longer 

Sunday 19  Oct, 2014 

Now that’s a pretty strong headline to carry, but that is exactly what The Times said last week.

It was quite an interesting article which explained how the body’s supply of vitamin D that builds up over summer rapidly depletes in the winter months.

The impact is that around half of the UK’s population will be considered deficient by the time spring arrives.

The Times article says that;

‘Recent studies have shown low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, asthma and at least a dozen cancers including, oddly enough, more aggressive forms of malignant melanoma.’

Now, I’m not one to say I told you so but this story is basically what I have been writing about since I first put pen to paper (or finger to keypad) back in 2005.

Too many health experts demonise the sun which has led to everyone slavering themselves in sun block before venturing out 

– and this is why our vitamin D levels are dropping.

The risks of developing skin cancer are real and I’m not advocating getting sunburnt every day – but exposing yourself to the powerful rays of the sun for 20-30 minutes a day won’t do harm.

But, unless you’re heading out to the Canaries for some proper winter sun you’re wasting your time in a bikini at this time of year in the UK.

Discover how to boost your vitamin D levels for a real health benefit

Getting sunburnt might actually prolong your life

Again a startling headline, but one that researchers in Sweden have proven to be true.

They investigated 38,000 women over 15 years and found that those who got sunburnt twice or more a year during adolescence had a reduced all-cause mortality, compared with women who had suffered sunburn less frequently.

And another Swedish group published a report earlier this year saying that sun avoiders developed fewer skin cancers but overall were twice as likely to die of other causes compared to sun worshippers.

This team concluded;

‘Following sun exposure advice that is very restrictive in countries with low solar intensity might in fact be harmful to women’s health.’

And it is worth noting that the UK is one of those ‘low solar intensity’ countries so taking steps to boost your vitamin D levels is essential. Some people think they aren’t at risk of low vitamin D levels and I often hear the following;

But I’m often outdoors even in winter so I get plenty of natural sunshine… Cloud cover and low angle sunlight dramatically reduce our ability to produce vitamin D. Between October and April the sun is too low in the sky for us to naturally synthesise vitamin D.

But I have a healthy diet… Oily fish, liver and eggs all contain vitamin D, but food alone cannot meet your daily requirement. 

This is being highlighted by a national vitamin D awareness week next week, so you will see a lot of stories hitting the headlines and you might well be tempted to hunt out a nice cheap vitamin D supplement to ward of the risks over winter.

But that is where you could not only be wasting your money, but perhaps putting yourself at greater danger from lowered levels.

Let me explain why. 

New research shows that tablets and capsules are not the answer

In the past reaching for a high concentration of the sunshine vitamin in a capsule or tablet form would have been the answer – but this might not be the most effective or cheapest solution.

That taking a supplement will increase the amount of vitamin D in your body isn’t beyond doubt but there is new evidence that shows taking a tablet isn’t the best way to boost your vitamin D levels.

A major research paper published this year in New Mexico(1) considered the results of 36 trials and concluded that using supplements did increase circulating levels of vitamin D irrespective of your dietary intake. 

However, not all supplements are created equal and it looks like how you take the supplement might also need thinking about.

A research team at Cardiff University(2) have just published data which considers several trials that show spraying medication under the tongue is far superior to taking them in tablet form.

As part of this research they went on to find the most effective formulation and concluded that DLux® from BetterYou was the most effective. 

This unique formulation uses vitamin D3 derived from wool, which makes it suitable for vegetarians* and it has already received the award for the Best Innovative Supplement from Jamie Lee Grace and voted the Best Vitamin Supplement by readers of the leading magazine for complementary health practitioners – CAM Magazine.

We’ve put together a package for you that delivers the cheapest D Lux in the UK, as far as we know you can’t buy it cheaper anywhere else.

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The dangers of low light levels

For a few years I have been talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is a type of winter depression that affects about 500,000 people every year, from September to April. 

So is this all just a state of mind? Just a case of winter blues?

Surprisingly, NO...

SAD is triggered by a chemical imbalance caused by lack of sunlight.

People who suffer from SAD may feel like shutting the world away. And if they do have to deal with people, they can be irritable and snappy. They become tense and stressed, they find it hard to stay awake, they tend to crave carbohydrates and sweets...

In short, they suffer from a full-blown depression which can all-too-easily be written off as a general low feeling that most of us feel when winter comes. In fact, I believe many of us suffer from a low-level of SAD and should consider light therapy, and why using light sources that carry the same quality of light as sunlight can improve your mood and health at this time of year.

The power of sunlight at home

The new low energy light bulbs seemed to have made the situation worse and annoyed a lot of people – you told me that they took too long to come on, produced yellow insipid light that made you feel ill and that they didn’t last very long but cost a fortune.

Rather than having to buy a specialist SAD lamp, I found a SAD bulb that you can use to replace the normal bulbs in your home, so you get all the help light therapy gives without having to spend hours in front of a SAD lamp every day.  

But many people who didn’t think they suffered from SAD used the bulbs because they were just so much brighter than normal low energy bulbs and lasted a lot longer. I have one in my own kitchen and love the effect it gives. The bulbs are so bright I can’t get Laura to even consider having one in the sitting room, but where I want a daylight effect they have transformed my house. 

Click here to find out what created such a stir and discover how you can really benefit

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Don’t forget the clocks go back on the 26th October so make sure you are prepared for it.

So as winter's icy fingers run their way under your doors and the dark nights cloak mornings and evenings make the most of these money saving, efficient and much loved products to keep the health benefits of those lazy summer days.

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Yours, as always


*P.S. If you really need a vegan version try Ultra D-Sium which is extracted from yeast. 


(1) Jarrett, F., Ducasa, G. M., Buller, D. B., & Berwick, M. (2014). The Effect of Oral Supplementation of Vitamin D3 on Serum Levels of Vitamin D: A Review. Epidemiol, 4(148), 2161-1165.

(2)Hassanali, Z., Houston, D.M., & Heard, C.M. (2013). Oral delivery of vitamin D3 from BetterYou DLux spray formula. Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Cardiff University.






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