Quantcast
CONTINUE READING

5 Vital Facts About Vitamin D

Bookmark

by
3 Min Read

I was recently invited to participate in a Vitamin D Challenge, which helped me realize that I didn’t know much about the importance of vitamin D to my overall health and well being.

Five Important Facts About Vitamin D

I decided to conduct some research. Here are five important things I learned about vitamin D:

1. It’s Not Included In Routine Blood Tests 

I get my blood work done twice a year to gain insight and trends about my health so I can identify and focus on any areas that need improvement. I was surprised to discover that the basic metabolic panel that I have been using does not measure vitamin D. I had no idea what my vitamin D level is or what it should be.

2. It’s Really Important

Dr. Stasha Gominak is a neurologist in Tyler, Texas specializing in conditions affecting the nervous system, such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. In her article on Sleep, Chronic Pain, and Headaches, Dr. Gominak explains that low vitamin D levels could have a hazardous impact on health.

Vitamin D deficiency may affect or create the conditions for impaired sleep, weight gain, increased appetite, acid reflux, gallstones, bloating, constipation, osteoporosis, anemia, autoimmune disease, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and more.

3. It’s Not A Vitamin

Vitamin D is not a vitamin. A vitamin is something our bodies need, but cannot produce. We get vitamins from the foods we eat or through supplements.

Vitamin D is actually a hormone. Hormones are chemicals that our bodies need and that our bodies are able to produce. For example, our bodies naturally create adrenaline when we are frightened, cortisol when we’re stressed, and serotonin when we’re happy. Our body naturally creates vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun.

Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly should proceed thus: in the first place to consider the seasons of the year. – Hippocrates

4. Sun Exposure Matters

Throughout human history, people with lighter skin tones have lived in higher latitudes. As a result, their bodies have adapted to create sufficient vitamin D even with limited sun exposure. People with darker skin tones have historically lived in lower latitudes and their bodies have therefore adapted to create vitamin D more slowly due to the abundance of sunshine.

The time of year is also important, especially in higher latitudes where the amount of sun available is dramatically different depending on the season.

5. Age Matters Too

Our ability to create vitamin D diminishes with age. Considering who I am (a person with light skin), where I live (North Carolina), and when it is (winter), I may be perfectly capable of producing the optimal level of vitamin D in my fifties, but I may need a supplement in my sixties. Or I could go south for the winter and use sunlight, rather than supplements, to create the vitamin D I need.

My Personalized Strategy

When I research health issues, I often find contradictory information and advice. During this research I discovered differing opinions regarding the optimal level of vitamin D. The Vitamin D Council suggests a level of 50 ng/ml is the ideal level. Dr. Gominak suggests to, “sleep normally the vitamin D levels must be 60 – 80 ng/ml.”

My plan is to take the 25(OH)D blood test this winter to get my baseline. Once I know my vitamin D level during the lowest sun season, I will create my personalized strategy, based on the following details:

1. Recommended testing intervals – how often and when to take the test
2. If/when should vitamin D supplements be used and the recommended dosage for the same.

Matt Gersper

Happy Living is a journey — an incredible adventure filled with triumph, defeat, mystery, and magic. We pursue happy living every day and gather inspiration along the way. We share ideas & products for living with health, abundance, and compassion. Matt Gersper is the Founder of Happy Living and Board Director - Fluoresentric. He is constantly cultivating healthy, happy days. Matt lives on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC, is a father of four, and married to the love of his life. Kaileen Elise is the President of Happy Living. She lives in Austin, TX, gathers inspiration, and writes to-do lists. Kaileen is a former collegiate swimmer and was a corporate recruiter for 6 years. She believes in being healthy, happy, and dreaming big!

Matt Gersper

Happy Living is a journey — an incredible adventure filled with triumph, defeat, mystery, and magic. We pursue happy living every day and gather inspiration along the way. We share ideas & products for living with health, abundance, and compassion. Matt Gersper is the Founder of Happy Living and Board Director - Fluoresentric. He is constantly cultivating healthy, happy days. Matt lives on Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC, is a father of four, and married to the love of his life. Kaileen Elise is the President of Happy Living. She lives in Austin, TX, gathers inspiration, and writes to-do lists. Kaileen is a former collegiate swimmer and was a corporate recruiter for 6 years. She believes in being healthy, happy, and dreaming big!

FURTHER READING
Post a Comment
Sonia Benson
Sonia Benson 5pts

Pls stop this ur milk ad!!!!! U are professionals on health stop misleading ur fans

Popping Prince
Popping Prince 5pts

How to regrow hair and stop hair fall! \U0001f614\U0001f614\U0001f62d

Adithyan SK
Adithyan SK 5pts

Eat avocado, almonds and other nuts and oily fish and healthy oily foods they're rich in Vitamin D and this vitamin can melt you're body fat..and also provide you with protein.

Madhavi Meruga
Madhavi Meruga 5pts

I had my vitamin D Level test and result shows 10 is there any thing to worry

Trisha Luciano
Trisha Luciano 5pts

yes dear..i'm talking about cod liver oil :) i don't know about shark's oil

Klaudia Grabowska
Klaudia Grabowska 5pts

but remember there are two types of fish oil capsules: shark's and cod's. They have a little different composition: cod's oil is rich in vitamin D [A and E too]. Read some articles you'll know the difference between these two :)

Trisha Luciano
Trisha Luciano 5pts

vitamin D is very beneficial for our muscle bones and brain :) you can also get vitamin D in fish oil capsules :) they're rich in vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids

Manju Ojha
Manju Ojha 5pts

Vatika Mittal read it carefully bacche.

Sneh Kwatra
Sneh Kwatra 5pts

Monika Dhall,Anusha Malhotra, Sushma Bhasin, Archana Shukla, Vitul Kwatra, Jaskiran Mehta, Aditi J Aggarwal

Joe Dalessandro
Joe Dalessandro 5pts

Actually I believe most gel tabs are measured in IU's not m/g's thanks Sharon.

Sharon Lee Nathan
Sharon Lee Nathan 5pts

Joe. I found a highly rated natural one in liquid form on Amazon. I take it 4-5 times a day. I have neuropathy and it made a huge difference. Dosage on bottle

Rohit Shaw
Rohit Shaw 5pts

vital bcz itz free also from sunlight B-)

Suzanne Vidrine
Suzanne Vidrine 5pts

Always use sunblock and get about 20 minutes of sun a day on as much exposed skin as possible - think bikini and adjust accordingly. And put that sunblock in your lips too.

Jean Barfield
Jean Barfield 5pts

Vitamin D is very important I have my levels checked

Sureshchandra Chavda
Sureshchandra Chavda 5pts

Lack of vitaminD also related to pulmonary deceases in human not mentioned in whole article.

Lyudmila Zakharevich
Lyudmila Zakharevich 5pts

Zemlya v elyuminatore, zemlya v elyuminatore vidna....a sun grystil o materi....i snilsya im ne rocot cosmodroma....

Anil Tailor
Anil Tailor 5pts

All the Asians in kisii who have had tests done are Vit D deficient.They all need more sun exposure or to take supplements

Cecilia Rodriguez
Cecilia Rodriguez 5pts

Too much sun not good ,less sun not good.... I'm just wondering what to do..\U0001f612

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Vartika Misra Mustard oil is excellent! :)

Vartika Misra
Vartika Misra 5pts

Pls talk about Mustard oil, if we should eat or not?

Lori Milligan
Lori Milligan 5pts

Love you Aunt Connie Bey!!! I saw these this and I am always thinking of you!!! :) :) :) xoxoxoxoxo

Andrew Nyhk
Andrew Nyhk 5pts

too much consumption in vitamin d3 would cause anyone to enhance the absorption of calcium. if you have kidney diease, vitamin d3 is probably unsafe. the upper limit of intake should not be more than 4000 iu daily. blood test should be done on a regularly basis.

Lenore Raynock
Lenore Raynock 5pts

Vitamin D is not a vitamin...a hormone that we need...

Eliane Felipe
Eliane Felipe 5pts

Muito bom o artigo. A minha sorte é que eu estou nova ainda, mais fácil recuperar. Valeu pelo artigo!