Do you know your current vitamin D level? If you don’t, be sure you check this promptly by completing the attached short assessment to determine if you need to do a blood test and then take vitamin D3 supplement. It could be the key to solving your health problems and even save your life.
Mounting scientific evidence confirms that vitamin D is one of the most potent health-boosting substances and is vital for health, and there is sufficient evidence to conclude that vitamin D is indeed essential for survival.
From my clinical experience, around 95% of people are found to be deficient (particularly office workers and the elderly) and some have dangerously low levels. Not surprisingly, their low vitamin D status usually correlates with symptoms they have. Although very common, this issue can be solved relatively easily by increasing safe sun exposure and/or correct supplementation, tailored for each individual.
Why having high levels of vitamin D is so important?
Latest research indicates that vitamin D regulates over 900 gene signals in the body controlling many different tissues and cells. So far the research confirmed the following health benefits:
- Essential for immune system disorders, including cancers, infections, colds and flu
- Boosts mood, decreases depression and enhances cognitive performance
- Decreases/ modulates pain anywhere in the body
- Prevents colon, prostate, breast, ovarian, and many other cancers
- Prevents and treats bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Essential to absorb calcium
- Prevents diabetes, helps with insulin secretion
- Vital for weight loss and dealing with obesity – as vitamin D levels drop waistlines and weight increase
- Higher levels of vitamin D are associated with higher levels of HDL cholesterol
- Low levels of vitamin D are associated with fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases
- Good levels of vitamin D prevent falls which are a major risk for fractures in elderly
Although regular sun exposure is the best and safest option, it is not always possible to get your vitamin D from sunshine and quite difficult to get adequate amounts from your diet, so for many people a vitamin D supplement is a practical way to ensure adequate levels.
Importantly, since a large body of science shows vitamin D works closely with calcium and magnesium, it is best to also asses their levels and supplement vitamin D in combination with appropriate, for each individual, amounts of calcium and magnesium to maintain a proper balance.
How to determine your vitamin D level?
Testing prior to any supplementation at higher doses (over 3,000IU per day) is imperative to establish how much vitamin D you need to reach good levels i.e. over 100nmol/L. Only at the optimal level can vitamin D exert its full health benefits.
Chronic vitamin D deficiency takes time to be corrected and it could take 3-6 months to raise the levels beyond 100nmol/L, depending on the starting point. Supervised supplementation and close monitoring is absolutely vital to safely reaching higher levels and to avoid overdosing, which is also detrimental to health.
Please complete the short self-assessment (click on the link below) to determine your vitamin D level.
If you have concerns about your vitamin D level and would like to discuss and address them please contact me to arrange a check-up.
Good health and blessings
Adrenal Fatigue and Digestive Health Expert
Naturopath || Herbalist || Nutritionist || Reiki Practitioner