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 on