Up Your Vitamin D and Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Cancer is largely a metabolic disease, not a genetic one. The genetic mutations observed in some cancers are a downstream effect of defective energy metabolism in the mitochondria (the energy stations inside your cells). As long as your mitochondria remain healthy and functional, your chances of developing cancer are slim.

Less than 10% of all breast cancer cases are thought to be related to genetic risk factors. The remaining 90% appear to be triggered by environmental factors.

An estimated 90% of Americans have flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies, and many studies have linked them to human health risks, including liver, kidney, testicular and breast cancers.

You may be able to prevent 75% to 90% of breast cancers through lifestyle changes such as reducing exposure to hazardous toxins, seeking out organic products, severely reducing refined sugar and fructose and limiting protein.

Higher levels of vitamin D are also associated with an increased likelihood of survival from breast cancer. In animal models, researchers have demonstrated breast cancer tumors are more likely to grow and metastasize faster in mice who are deficient in vitamin D.

The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D level is through sensible sun exposure, as there are many benefits to sun exposure that are unrelated to vitamin D. For instance, near-infrared rays from the sun stimulate your body to increase mitochondrial repair and regeneration.

If you live in a northern climate and have low vitamin D, taking an oral vitamin D3 supplement is certainly recommended. However, remember this is a far inferior way to optimize your levels. It’s also important to measure your vitamin D levels twice a year to make sure you’re within a healthy range….



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