What do sunburn, canker sores and cold sores have in common? Believe it or not, the answer for all of them is a deficiency of tissue calcium. Here’s how it works.
Sunburn and Hypervitaminosis D
There is some relatively unknown data about sunburn that I’d like to share with you in the hope that it will help if you or anyone you know gets a tad too much sun.
The ultraviolet rays from the sun convert skin oil to vitamin D. Too much vitamin D is referred to as hypervitaminosis D. Basically what happens is that vitamin D’s opposing partner, vitamin F (another name for essential fatty acids) is low in comparison to the amount of vitamin D so there’s an imbalance.
How Vitamins D and F Help With Calcium Absorption
Vitamin D’s job is to get calcium from your stomach and pull it into your blood stream while vitamin F’s job is to take it from your blood stream and pull into your tissues.
If you’re low on vitamin F, not only will the vitamin D pull calcium from your stomach, but it will also pull the calcium from your tissues back into your blood stream. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle.
It’s the F that gets the calcium from your bloodstream into the tissue – and keeps it there!
So, should you get too much vitamin D and be deficient in vitamin F, your blood calcium level will increase, while the tissue calcium levels will decrease.
That is the reason that people who are in the sun a lot get thick skin. They don’t get enough vitamin F, which creates calcium deficiencies in their tissues. Hives – those big welts you get around the tender parts of your body from being in the sun too much – are a sign of tissue calcium deficiency.
Sunstroke is also a sign of low tissue calcium levels. Sunstroke is due to high blood calcium levels with low tissue calcium levels.
Sun and Cancer
Excess vitamin D from extreme exposure to the sun is known to cause cancer. You may have read articles that recommend you stay out of the sun and that sunshine is hazardous to your health. Well, it’s only dangerous to people who are vitamin F deficient. Vitamin D is essential for good health and the sun is a great way to get it as long as you ensure you have enough vitamin F to balance it up.
Low Vitamin F Symptoms
Symptoms of low vitamin F levels include itching of the skin, those canker sores some people get inside their mouths or herpes breakouts in the genital area. Please note that if you have the herpes virus, it will still be there but the breakouts merely indicate that the tissue calcium is low, which means you need more essential fatty acids and/or calcium. So, if you don’t want to have the breakouts, make sure you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin F.
Any time you have an itchy skin, get canker sores in your mouth or breakouts below the belt, hives or sunburn, you need vitamin F and calcium. Make sure your children have enough so they can benefit and don’t suffer from their time in the sun. The best way to get this is to take a good quality fish oil that contains both vitamins A and D with essential fatty acids.
Calcium Needs Magnesium
Besides the two oils mentioned above being necessary to absorb calcium, it is also important that you understand that calcium needs magnesium so it can be absorbed and used. And, vice versa, magnesium needs calcium to be absorbed and used in your body.
If you’re low on magnesium, your body will just pull it from wherever it is – and hopefully you have enough – and if you’re low on calcium it will just be withdrawn from wherever it is available – usually in your bones and teeth. This is not a problem as long as you have a good supply of calcium stored in your bones. If you don’t, your bones will eventually become porous and fragile – porous, as in osteoporosis and that’s not a good idea.
Not only calcium and magnesium needed in balance, but also some kind of acid such as apple cider vinegar or vitamin C.
Type of Calcium is Important
It is very important to understand the difference between the different types of calcium as some can be used by the body whilst others can’t. The two forms that can be used by the body are calcium gluconate and calcium lactate. They convert to calcium bi-carbonate in the body and that’s the form the body can use. Please note, this is not calcium carbonate but calcium bi-carbonate. I don’t know why they used the same word!