Especially at this latitude, north of Maryland, Vitamin D deficiency is almost universal. Get yours tested, and make sure it is the 25-(OH) D3 test that is ordered. Aim for optimal levels, between 60-80 mg/mL.
The low threshold was recently increased from 20 to 30, but I think it will be going higher still, as we discover all the ways the Vitamin D is important for health.
Turns out that Vitamin d is actually a pre-hormone, giving it a role in many systems in the body.
You can measure your own at home using our new Bloodspot Vitamin D kit, which you can order here.
Find out some of the key ways Vitamin D effects us. I have seen profound effects on people’s clarity of thinking, their energy level, improvement in muscle tension and fatigue as well.
- Prevents Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Prevents Seasonal Affective Disorder
- enhances calcium metabolism
- strengthens bone and cartilage
- supports healthy teeth and gums
- role in insulin production
- improves glucose tolerance
- lipid peroxidation
- certain types of high blood pressure
- CRP, fibrinogen, IL-61 (markers of inflammation)
- reduces inflammation
Calms autoimmune reactions such as:
- Type I Diabetes
- rheumatoid arthritis
- inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis)
- reduces transplant rejection
- reduces cancer risk & development of cancers: colon, breast, prostate, melanoma
Vitamin D may enhance:
- vaccines antibody response
- NK cell activity
- may alleviate PMS and seasonal
- affective disorder (SAD)
- supports adrenaline synthesis
- deficiency may cause fatigue and
- fibromyalgia like symptoms
- May counteract some detrimental
- effects of corticosteroids, such as
- osteoporosis and susceptibility to infections
- Protects the lining of the small intestine from breaking down and creating IGG food allergies
Quite a list!
How to supplement with Vitamin D
If you get a prescription for 50,000 iu’s of Vitamin D, consider tossing it. We don’t get a mega dose of Vitamin D once a week in nature; that’s not how our bodies absorb nutrients. We need a steady intake over time. More importantly, Vitamin D must be paired with Vitamin K to avoid hardening of the small blood vessel walls. The once-a-week mega dose of Vita D is a setup for a heart attack or stroke.
Studies indicate that taking 10,000 iu’s Vita D/day for two months should increase the level by 50 points. So if you are in the 20’s, taking the 10,000iu Vita D+ Vita K for two months will bring you into the 70’s, which is optimal range. Our supplement, Vita D Ultra, is 10,000 iu’s, with the proper ratio of Vita K. Most people can switch to maintenance of 3,000-5,000 iu’s /day after one bottle of the higher dose. But there is a small number of folks who have a genetic polymorphism that prevents them from absorbing Vita D. They may need to continue taking a higher dose and should be checked regularly. Contact us for information on genetic testing to identify this issue.
In northern states, above 40 degrees latitude, there is simply not enough UVB radiation to help us produce Vitamin D on our skin. Clothing, sunblock, and spending too much time indoors further reduce exposure. Certain drugs such as statins, and problems with fat absorption, such as poor bile production, other gall bladder weakness or pancreatic enzyme production, also hinder uptake of Vita D. So do dark and aging skin.
Find out if you could benefit from Vitamin D supplementation and help keep yourself well this cold and flu season!
P.S. Babies and children need Vita D as well. In fact, it is the safest and one of the most effective ways to keep them healthy this winter. Ask us about dosing!