Vitamin D Is Simply Amazing

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The single easiest thing that anyone can do to dramatically improve their personal health is to supplement with vitamin D-3. Increased blood levels of D will help prevent most lifestyle diseases, as well as boost your immune system.

Synthesize D from the Sun

Your skin is capable of synthesizing vitamin D-3 from sunlight. Vitamin D can be produced from sunshine when your shadow is shorter than your height. The best time of day for sunning yourself is around noontime, for anywhere between ten and 30 minutes.

Mike Adams on Vitamin D

 

Vitamin D Caveats

Consulting with a doctor for specific medical advice tailored to your unique situation before starting a vitamin D supplementation program is highly recommended.

Within a few months of starting vitamin D supplementation, everyone should take a 25(OH) D or 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test. Due to a high degree of variability in how people respond to supplementation, these blood tests are the only possible  way to find out where you stand. Plus, they are needed to find precisely how much “D” a specific person should be taking.

Vitamin D Supplementation

Supplementing with vitamin D is a very practical way of improving your wellness and energy levels. While there are many factors involved, body weight is very important.

The Institute of Medicine increased its tolerable upper intake levels recommendations for “D in 2010.

  • Infants ages 0-6 months — 1,000 IU/day
  • Infants ages 6-12 months – 1,500 IU/day
  • Kids ages 1-3 years – 2,500 IU/day
  • Kids ages 4-8 years – 3,000 IU/day
  • Others 9 years through adult – 4,000 IU/day

Supplements should be taken with a meal that has some fat.

A good place to start for an adult weighing around 150 pounds, 68 kilograms, or 11 stone would be 5,000 IU of vitamin D-3, every other day. The 5,000 IU dosage is usually the most economical and convenient size to buy.

You don’t want to start supplementing too fast. A good rule of thumb would be to take 32 IU per pound of body weight, per day. Everyone should certainly avoid taking anything over 10,000 IU in a single day.

Another complication is that your winter dosage should contain between 1,000 to 2,000 IU more a day, than during summer time.

Monitoring Blood Levels

Monitoring your blood levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D with an occasional blood test is highly recommended.

For beginners, since these people are often skeptical their recommended safe range is 40 – 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L). But, once you start feeling comfortable the optimal range of 25-hydroxy vitamin D that you would eventually want to get would be between 50–80 ng/mL (125–200 nmol/L). Certainly, 100 ng/mL (250 nmol/L) would be the highest level that any healthy person would ever want to get.

Those whose 25-hydroxy vitamin D level exceeds 100 ng/mL may end up increasing their risk of atrial fibrillation 2.5 fold, although there is some indication that a sluggish thyroid function may be the real cause of this problem and not excess vitamin D.

As a guinea pig, I have personally maintained my blood levels in the 100 ng/mL range for over two years, without any signs of calcium toxicity.

Prevents Cancer

Did you know that vitamin D helps to prevent age-related cancer?

The anti-cancer benefits obtained from increased blood serum 25(OH) D levels, also depend upon other co-factors which likewise must be present in your body.

  1. Calcium
  2. Selenium
  3. Magnesium
  4. K-2
  5. Zinc

When NOT Recommended

For the following health conditions it should be considered mandatory to consult with, and be monitored by, a qualified doctor before starting a supplementation program.

  • Granulomatous diseases, with sarcoidosis being the most common, as well as tuberculosis and other conditions that are associated with disorders of calcium metabolism.
    • Sarcoidosis has an incidence of 1 in 5,000 which is highest for people younger than 40.
  • Padget’s disease which is a disorder that can result in enlarged and misshapen bones.
  • A history of kidney stones.
  • Pregnancy
  • You are taking prescription medication, of any kind.

Side effects

Within 30 days of supplementation your energy levels should dramatically improve. Some people experience their new-found energy boost as sleeplessness. This is generally caused by taking too much “D“, too soon. If you do manage to experience sleeplessness, then I would suggest cutting your dosage in half, for a few weeks.

About the author: John Gohde is a long time natural health researcher.  He writes for NaturalHealthPerspective.com. John is a senior citizen who lives in Virginia. He likes to empower people with valuable information. John has a passion for wellness, holistic medicine, prevention, and healthy lifestyles.

10 thoughts on “Vitamin D Is Simply Amazing

  1. JD

    This is a great write up on Vitamin D – always known it's great to supplement but didn't know a lot of the ins and outs. For kids, what do you think of the Carlson Vitamin D Drops?

    1. John Gohde

      My first approach to vitamin D was with a flavored liquid form. It is an expensive approach for taking vitamin D, but with children could be a possible solution. Just be sure not to over do it, IU wise.

      I am not familiar with Carlson Vitamin D Drops, but it sounds like something that could work for children.

      1. DyeDiet

        Curiously, why not? You cannot hide textbook 100 year-old science behind nice metaphor. ANY healthy individual gets enough fats (WE ALL DO!) – fatty acids – which are the major building blocks for making arachidonic acid, cholesterol and – after skin exposure to day light – your "vitamin" D during lipid metabolism. ALL PRECURSORS NEEDED FOR MAKING "vitamin" D are synthesized in human body EVERY SECOND. ALL YOU NEED to produce your "vitamin" D is TURN YOUR BACK TO YOUR TV and come out for a walk. So, "vitamin" D is NOT EVEN a vitamin – it is a compound which is synthesized in your body. AGAIN – healthy food + healthy lifestyle – that is what you need to get MORE THAN ENOUGH your "vitamin" D – not a damn supplement!!!

        1. John Gohde

          I actually cut back on the size of this article, that addressed somewhat your topic, since the original draft was well over 900 words. I did try at one point to get D from Sunshine. But, between rain, cloudy days, and winter it did not work.

          The best way to get vitamin D from your diet would be eating a lot of raw mushrooms for their D-2 content.

          1. DyeDiet

            Yes, I agree with this point. Also you can naturally get Vitamin D from MILK and meats (with the skin). As to the light exposure, you do not NEED to burn yourself (of course NOT!) on a beach to catch enough UV irradiation for synthesizing plenty Vitamin D from the scattered sunlight even in a cloudy day. Human body and photosynthesis systems are unbelievably efficient. Want personal example? Here (a little off-topic but still….) – I can stay easily 10 days with NO FOOD at all – water only – and then do 225 lbs squats by 10 reps (my body weight at that point is 165 lbs).. You can see videos on my website dyediet,com. More so I do not care of any damn supplements – just eat right and work intellectually and physically. American people in general are now completely confused by the food industry and the government of WHAT FOOD IS. Again, FOOD = Nutrients and that is ALL you need to support functioning of living cells. No supplements needed. Well, supplements may be needed to fix health after being for decades on a distorted chemically poisoned diet, as American today’s food is, BUT first you must STOP eating food surrogates, establish normal human diet then, MAYBE or maybe not, you will need some supplementation. And, we must remember general toxicology principle – ANYTHING is toxic when overly consumed – no exceptions. Vitamin poisoning is well known phenomenon too.

  2. Lindsey

    I live in upstate NY and I'm a redhead – I have a pretty bad Vitamin D
    deficiency. I'm not a fish eater and I can only take so much sunlight, so
    supplementing was a necessity for me (there just isn't enough Vitamin D to meet
    my needs in rational quantities of other foods). I had heart palpitations and
    anxiety, an emergency trip to the cardiologist, two weeks of observation, and
    had to take days off work before I realized it was all caused by my Vitamin D
    deficiency. I taught my doctor something that day. Supplementing and feeling
    great!

  3. Deane Alban

    I live in southern Arizona. It doesn't get much sunnier than that. I spend time outside every day hiking, walking, and biking. My ancestry is northern Europe so theoretically I should be efficient at utilizing sunlight, too. Imagine my shock when I was tested and found to vitamin D deficient! I took supplements for a while to get my levels up to normal and now am much more diligent about getting exposure. But I believe if it happened to me it could happen to just about anyone.

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