Symptoms of low vitamin D
Vitamin D is one of the single most important nutrients you can possibly imagine. It cannot be overstressed the power this nutrient has inside our bodies!
Did you know Vitamin D…
- Influences more than 200 genes inside your body, vitally effecting your body’s “healthy” genes.
- Modulates your immune system, which drastically reduces your risk of autoimmune conditions, colds, and flu bugs.
- Maintains normal blood levels of calcium and phosphors, reducing bone abnormalities like osteoporosis & increasing bone density.
- Helps the body absorb calcium from food you eat, which forms and maintains strong bones.
- Significantly protects against cancer, may decrease your risk of ALL Cancer types by 77 percent!
Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in the United States
You may be amazed to know, 50-78% of Americans are low in vitamin D according to a National Health and Nutrient Examination Survey(NHAHNES) done from 2000-2004. And I personally believe it’s even higher than that.
If you suffer from the following list of symptoms or a group of symptoms, common known as a specific diagnosis; you may have symptoms of low vitamin d, and should get checked!
- Body aches, pains and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Osteoporosis or Osteopenia (early stages of osteoporosis)
- Immune-system disease, aka Auto-immune (i.e: hashimoto’s, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis etc…)
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney Disease
- Stomach-bypass surgery patients- including people with gut troubles
- Dental problems
- Skin Disorders
That’s right. All the above listed symptoms and group of symptoms have been directly linked to a vitamin D deficiency.
How to get checked for Vitamin D Deficiency
It’s easy to diagnose vitamin D deficiency. Its a simple blood test. That’s all! However, it needs to be the right test and must be interpreted properly.
The test you want your primary physician to order is 25 (OH)vitamin D test (25-hydroxy vitamin D). This test accurately reflects that status of vitamin D in your body.
Also, be aware that different laboratories can report vitamin D in different units. There are two common ways: either as ng/ml or nmol/L.
What’s the optimal blood levels of vitamin D
Most beneficial blood levels of 25 (OH)vitamin D start at around 30 ng/ml(or 75nmol/L) according to scientific studies. However, many health experts, including myself, believe higher levels of vitamin D are need for optimal body function and disease protection. This number is preferably above 50 ng/ml(125nmol/L)
Article in a NUT shell: Vitamin D is essential for good health and protection against disease. It’s to important of a nutrient not to be well aware of its effects inside your body.
- Get your vitamin d levels checked, making sure to order the appropriate test.
- Strive for optimal ranges above above 50 ng/ml(125nmol/L)
- Supplement vitamin D for cheap. I personally use a sublingual vitamin d3 supplement. Taking 5,000(IUs) a day. Using supplementation less frequent in the summer and more in the winter.
- Make time for sensible sun exposure if you don’t have a family history of skin cancer.
- Try consuming more vitamin D rich foods.