Although there’s a lot of buzz about Vitamin D these days, Vitamin D deficiency is on the rise with more than 50% of the population D deficient. Given what is now known about this essential nutrient, this is not good. One of Vitamin D’s chief roles in the body is to aid in the synthesis of calcium which is invaluable for making bones strong. In addition, vitamin D actually helps improve balance by enhancing muscle contraction, thus preventing the falls that lead to those fractures. If you tend to “break easily” or have any of the other Vitamin D deficiency symptoms listed later in this article, you might want to take LivingYoung’s simple Vitamin D Test.
There are only a few sources of vitamin D3, mainly: sunlight and food.
Vitamin D3 is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because sunlight is the primary pathway to generate Vitamin D3 in the body. When sunlight hits the skin, it converts cholesterol into an active form of vitamin D3. This form is involved in a multitude of biological processes and is crucial for promoting calcium absorption in the bones.
Regular sunlight exposure to UVB rays is the ideal and most natural method for ensuring proper vitamin D3 levels. Sun exposure on bare skin for 15 to 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week allows the body to produce sufficient Vitamin D. However, the sun has gotten a bad rap over the past few decades and most health-conscious people avoid any exposure at all, or worse, slather bare skin with the toxic chemicals present in most commercial sunblocks and sunscreens. Not surprising that people are D3 deficient, is it?
Food is the second best way to get vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is naturally-occurring in certain foods such as:
- Fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines and caviar
- Cod liver oil
- Beef liver.
- Egg yolks.
Some foods are “fortified” with D2, such as cow’s milk, cereal and grain products. On the subject of “fortified” foods, be aware these items are typically processed and often contain a variety of other ingredients such as additives, preservatives and pesticides. (See how Pesticides and Processed Foods Rob the Body of Nutrients.) Many may also be genetically-modified and the jury is still out on that issue.
Supplementation is a third source of D. While most supplements use Vitamin D3, many off-brands use the less expensive D2 in their formulations. As with any oral supplement, there’s always the risk of poor absorption in the digestive system, rendering oral supplementation a waste of both money and benefits.
At LivingYoung Center, we offer Vitamin D3 injections. Injections are an efficient means of having 100% of Vitamin D3 utilized by the body, bypassing any digestive absorption issues.
Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:
• Tiredness or fatigue, aches and pains and a general sense of not feeling well
• Muscle/joint/bone pain and weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from a low chair
• Stress fractures, especially in the legs, pelvis and hips
• Serious vitamin D deficiencies have also been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disorders and more.
If some of these symptoms are yours, the best way to find out if a Vitamin D deficiency is causing them is to take LivingYoung’s simple and inexpensive Vitamin D Test. If a Vitamin D deficiency is found, our Vitamin D3 injections will restore this vital vitamin to optimal levels. For those who seek a more comprehensive analysis of their body’s micronutrient levels, we also provide Micronutrient Testing. This analysis of your blood panel will provide vital information about 33 essential nutrients, pinpointing possible deficiencies and/or excesses in micronutrient levels.. You may be surprised to discover you can often fix what ails you by accurately knowing the cause. Sometmes the cure is as simple as changing your diet.
Can you overdose on Vitamin D?
With vitamin D3, the answer is no, especially if your primary source of it is sunlight. Your body naturally cuts off its manufacture when it has made what your body needs (even if you are still out in the sun), although sunburn could still occur! On the other hand, there is a fine line between a therapeutic dose of vitamin D2 and toxicity. Prescription vitamin D2 (Drisdol) carries a warning that “dosage levels must be individualized and great care exercised to prevent serious toxic effects.” D3 is looking better all the time.