Are you getting enough Vitamin D3? Have you checked your level? This is done with a simple blood test called 25(OH)D, however, this test is not part of routine exams so you specifically have to ask your doctor for it. Keep in mind that you want your level to be somewhere between 50 and 70, and that if you are at 30 or below, you are seriously deficient and should consider taking an extra high dose for a few weeks. I went through this myself and coach my clients on how to do it, as well.
For some of us, winter is around the corner and we want to be prepared in order to avoid toxic flu shots. But the truth is, no matter where we live, having sufficient stores of vitamin D is something we must always be in control of. Amongst other benefits, this important vitamin builds up our immune system and gives us an overall sense of well-being.
The research being done on vitamin D within the past 5 years is yielding more and more results with regard to its benefits. Unfortunately, more often than not, doctors are not up-to- date with the new information and continue to make recommendations as low as 400IU to 1000IU per day.
What is Vitamin D3?
- it is classified as a hormone
- it regulates cell growth
- it modulates kidney function
- it is critically important for brain development
- it helps regulate gene function in various parts of the body
- it plays an important role in bone health and immune function
- it is also referred to as cholecalciferol (not to be confused with ergocalciferol, which is vitamin D2)
Why is Vitamin D3 Important?
- it helps decrease cancer risk
- it helps regulate blood pressure
- it signals your intestines to absorb calcium more efficiently, thus helping to normalize calcium levels and support healthy bones
- it is very important for muscle function
- it helps treat bone and muscle issues often disguised as fibromyalgia
- it helps treat psoriasis
Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic throughout the entire United States, through all age groups. It takes months, or years, to become vitamin D deficient and bringing your levels back up takes time. If you live in a sunny climate and are able to be out in the sun for at least 20 minutes each day, every day, without sunblock, then you may be okay provided that your vitamin D level is between 50 and 70. But if this is not the case or not realistic, I strongly recommend supplementing. Unfortunately, the amount of vitamin D that we get from food is minimal.