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.
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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.
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.
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.
- You are taking prescription medication, of any kind.
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.