Did you know that we need upwards of 25 times higher the amount of vitamin D than what the government recommends?
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for a healthy immune system.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many health complications such as depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain, bone loss, autoimmune disease, and even many cancers.
Unfortunately this deficiency is often overlooked, but rather simple to correct. Since vitamin D is nearly absent from our food supply we rely on sun exposure. When we are exposed to sunlight our body is able to make vitamin D.
Most of us do not get even close to enough sun exposure to maintain adequate levels, especially if you live in a normal climate or lather sunscreen on everytime you go out in the sun. In that case, we must receive vitamin D through oral supplementation and IV Nutrition Therapy.
So how does vitamin D actually impact our health? First and foremost, it affects the function of every cell and every gene in the body. Let’s take a look at this more closely.
- Reduce inflammation
- Boosts mood
- Ease muscle aches
- Ease fibromyalgia
- Work synergistically with calcium to builds bone
Vitamin D does not always act alone. In fact some of its greatest benefits come from working with its cofactors. These include magnesium, vitamin K, zinc, boron, vitamin A. Here are some examples of the synergistic efforts between vitamin D and its cofactors:
- Magnesium has proven to be effective for many physiological processes, such as helping the body use vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, appropriately.
- Vitamin D and vitamin K work together to strengthen your bones and facilitate proper development.
- Together, Vitamin D and zinc work to strengthen bones and help them form properly. Additionally, zinc may help vitamin D work in the body at a cellular level.
- Vitamin D and boron work together to help your bones utilize calcium, and other minerals they need.
Together vitamin D and vitamin A help your individual genetic code to function properly.
Before supplementing with any amount of vitamin D consider getting your levels tested and monitored by your functional medicine provider. This allows you to dose appropriately so you can rest assured you are supplementing with appropriate amounts. This conversation will also give your functional medicine doctor the opportunity to supplement vitamin D cofactors as needed for you.
When utilizing vitamin D oral supplementation it is important to choose vitamin D3, as it is more bioavailable, and 85 percent more effective in raising blood levels of vitamin D. Since vitamin D is fat soluble aim to take it following a fatty meal or check to see if the capsule includes a healthy fat in the ingredient list, such as olive oil.
Like with other key nutrients we may have malabsorption due to an unhealthy, inflamed gut. If this is the case no amount of oral vitamin D will be enough. This is where IV Nutrition Therapy comes in.
By delivering vitamin D directly into the bloodstream, your body can utilize it much more effectively. Vitamin D is included in many of our IV therapies, and can be added to any IV if you are deficient.
Consider taking steps to balance your vitamin D level sooner than later because it can take up to 6 to 10 months to reach an optimal range if you are deficient.