Vitamin D Deficiency and your Health
If there were a vitamin worthy of wearing a cape, it would be vitamin D. It may be the most important vitamin in regards to improving (and maintaining) your health.
Tens of millions (maybe hundreds of millions) are sick, to one degree or another because they are vitamin D deficient.
Let’s dive deeper into why it’s so important for your health and how you can make sure you’re getting enough to keep you healthy and thriving.
Some Areas Of Your Health A Deficiency Can Affect
- Immune system: Vitamin D has a huge impact on your immune system and is a major factor controlling your immunity to viruses.
- Autoimmune conditions: Vitamin D plays a very important role in autoimmune conditions. Specifically, low levels of vitamin D can allow those conditions to worsen, while higher levels help autoimmune patients keep things in balance.
- Hormones: Vitamin D is the building block of many important hormones in your body – particularly steroids, such as cortisol – which is important to limiting inflammation in your body.
- Absorption of minerals: Vitamin D increases the absorption rate of several key minerals. Including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate, zinc… all of which your body needs in order to function properly.
- Metabolism: Vitamin D also plays a huge role in your metabolism by influencing over 200 different genes that can prevent and reverse diabetes and metabolic syndrome – which is a huge percentage of the health problems facing people today. Metabolic syndrome includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, abdominal fat… These problems increase your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Having adequate levels of vitamin D in your body helps turn these genes off, which lowers your chances of developing these problems.
With its large scope of focus, you can see just how critical vitamin D is for your overall health – especially if you have blood sugar control problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or stubborn belly fat.
Statistically, YOU Are Probably Vitamin D Deficient
Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic in most parts of the world. Some estimate that up to 80% of the population is either deficient, or has sub-optimal vitamin D levels in their blood. This means, statistically, the chances YOU are affected are pretty high.
If we combine that fact, and then we also consider how crucial vitamin D is for your health (as we went over earlier), you can probably see why it may be the most important vitamin for your health and wellness.
Ways You Can Get More Vitamin D
The best way to get vitamin D is from full body sun exposure. What’s amazing is that your body takes the UV radiation from sun exposure, and turns it into vitamin D. When the UV radiation from the sun hits your body, it interacts with the cholesterol in your skin to make vitamin D.
To get what you need from the sun, you need to get about 15 minutes of full body sun exposure …mid day …in the summer …without sunscreen – which blocks the UV rays and limits and/or prevents the synthesis of vitamin D.
Obviously this is a challenging daily task as most of us work indoors, live in regions that are not near the equator, or are afraid of sun exposure due to the association with skin cancer. You can see the problem.
The good news is that you can get vitamin D from your food, although the spectrum of food that contains vitamin D is rather narrow and the amounts tend to be very small.
Some foods that contain vitamin D are:
- Fatty fish (tuna, mackerel and salmon)
- Egg Yolks
- Beef liver
Due to a variety of factors, salmon is probably the best option for most people. However, even though salmon is relatively high in vitamin D compared to the other foods listed, you’re not likely to eat enough of it often enough to get the amount of vitamin D that your body needs for optimal function.
If most of us are not going to be getting enough sun exposure, particularly in the winter, and we’re not going to be getting enough vitamin D through our food, how do we assure we’re getting enough?
The best way to solve this, for most people, is to take a dietary supplement. That’s why I created Vitamin D3+K2 in capsule form. Each capsule contains 5000 IU (International Units) of vitamin D3. D3 is the form of vitamin D that you want to take because it is absorbed more efficiently than vitamin D2, which is the prescription form of vitamin D.
My supplement also includes 160 micrograms of vitamin K2. You should always, always, always take vitamin K2 when taking vitamin D. This is critical!
Why Take Vitamin K2 with Vitamin D
Vitamin D takes calcium out of the blood and helps deliver it into the tissues. That, in general, is a good thing. However, vitamin K2 directs where that calcium will go.
If you take vitamin D in the absence of vitamin K2, the vitamin D will take calcium out of the blood and much of it will end up in the soft tissues, such as your heart, arteries and muscles – not where you need it.
When taking vitamin K2 with vitamin D3, the calcium is directed towards your bones and other places you need it.
I can’t stress enough: never, never, never take vitamin D without also taking vitamin K2.
How to Apply All Of This
Get daily sun exposure, eat wild caught salmon at least a few times per week, and supplement your diet with 5000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. And, of course, make sure your vitamin D3 supplement also contains K2 as well.
See you in the next blog!
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