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.

Brain

  • Prevents Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Prevents Seasonal Affective Disorder

Skeletal System

  • enhances calcium metabolism
  • strengthens bone and cartilage
  • supports healthy teeth and gums

Glucose Metabolism

  • role in insulin production
  • improves glucose tolerance

Cardiovascular

May reduce:

  • lipid peroxidation
  • certain types of high blood pressure
  • CRP, fibrinogen, IL-61 (markers of inflammation)

Immune System

  • reduces inflammation

Calms autoimmune reactions such as:

  • MS
  • Type I Diabetes
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • psoriasis
  • inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis)
  • lupus
  • thyroiditis
  • reduces transplant rejection
  • reduces cancer risk & development of cancers: colon, breast, prostate, melanoma

Vitamin D may enhance:

  • vaccines antibody response
  • NK cell activity

Mood Disorders

  • may alleviate PMS and seasonal
  • affective disorder (SAD)

Adrenal Support

  • 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

Leaky Gut

  • 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