According to Harvard Research these are the reasons why people generally have low vitamin D levels:
- Poor gut function
- Poor kidney and liver function
- The latitude where you live, it does not permit enough sunlight
- The air pollution where you live
- Use of sunscreen
- The color of your skin
- The temperature of your skin
- Your weight and Your age
And if you have low vitamin D levels, what does it mean? And if you are supplementing, does it work to?
The research strongly supports that optimal Vit D levels (between 40-70 ng/ml) will help you stay in good health, support less inflammation, the healthy aging process and so much more. But many are concerned with the low levels of Vit D.
I completely agree with those who are concerned because the optimal levels of vitamin D are so important. And now, more than ever it is important to get optimal levels of vitamin D to keep our immune system in top shape.
The importance of having optimal levels or at least as close as possible to optimal levels of Vitamin D is being highlighted by studies now that compare COVID-19 patients with poor levels compared to those with better levels of vitamin D. And those with higher levels seem to have better outcomes. Great news! So now how do I start and where do I start?
For those that never tested, my suggestion is to start with getting your baseline level as soon as you can.
If you already tested and have suboptimal levels without the supplementation, then it is important to start. This ideally should be done with help of qualified healthcare practitioner that will rule out all contraindications to taking vitamin D. And if you have been recommended vit D and taking it for a while, consider asking to re-test your levels.
I hear things like this all the time:
“I take 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily and my levels are still low”
“I take prescription weekly vitamin D and my levels didn’t improve”
And there are many others like those. If your levels did not improve significantly and are not near the optimal levels, here are the reasons and possible solutions to fix the situation:
- Your vitamin D supplement or your diet does not have enough vitamins K1 and K2. Those are known to enhance the absorption of vit D. Consider getting the combination Vit D with vit K unless you are on a blood thinner or have other contraindications.
- There’s not enough Calcium in your diet or supplements. To meet the current Recommended Daily Allowance of calcium, women ages 18 to 50, and men ages 18 to 70 need 1,000-1,500 milligrams (mg) of calcium. This equals two large servings of calcium-rich foods like broccoli, kale, sardines, or you can add a Calcium supplement.
- There’s not enough Magnesium in your diet or supplements. You should be able to get around 500mg of Magnesium daily to absorb vitamin D better. Your best foods are green leafy vegies and legumes, etc.
- You are still taking vitamin D2. Please, consider switching to the D3 version of vitamin D to improve your absorption.
- Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and you would need to consider eating a meal with high-quality oil and take the supplement early in the day.
If you are going to make sure and do all these fixes, you should notice your levels go up.
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