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Posted on 11-13-2014

By now the importance of vitamin D is not a new concept. We as a society are beginning to understand that vitamin D--or the lack of it--is linked to a myriad of different diseases. I consider it a foundational vitamin in my system. Here is why:

In humans, vitamin D is critically important for the development, growth, and maintenance of a healthy body, beginning with gestation in the womb and continuing throughout the lifespan. Vitamin D's metabolic product, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (calcitriol), is actually a secosteroid hormone that is the key which unlocks binding sites on the human genome. The human genome contains more than 2,700 binding sites for calcitriol; those binding sites are near genes involved in virtually every known major disease of humans.

This means that vitamin D levels play a part, be it big or small, in nearly all disease. Getting your daily recommended dose is critical and not always easy.

How do we get Vitamin D?
•    Sun exposure

•    Supplements

•    Fortified Foods

Daily Recommendation: 3,000 IU/ 100lbs

If you are already deficient: no more than 10,000/day for 1 month before being retested

MAX: 50,000 IUs for 3 days (in treating the flu)

Know your levels!

In order for the vitamin D you take to be the most effective, there needs to be a good amount of other nutrients in your system. Vitamin D has many cofactors, or nutrients that play well and enhance each other, the list below are the most important.

•    Magnesium
•    Vitamin K
•    Vitamin A
•    Zinc
•    Boron

So how do you find out your levels? A simple blood test. If you are already having a panel done, make sure to ask for them to test your vitamin D levels as well. Otherwise, just ask our docs and they can write up a request for lab work. 

In this season, where seeing the sun is a scarce, and getting skin exposure is even more scarce, knowing your numbers can help you take action to prevent deficiency. Also, make sure you are taking a high quality source of vitamin D every day! 


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