Do you know how vital Vitamin D is?
Vitamin D deficiency is known to be the most frequent vitamin deficiency in the western world. Primarily, we get this type of vitamin from a chemical process that is a result of the exposure of our skin to sunlight.
In the distant past, our skin was exposed to the sun for long hours. Today, with the increase of skin cancer, our indoor lives and the use of sunscreen, we have limited our exposure to the sun. This lifestyle has resulted in Vitamin D deficiency for many of us in the world today.
Doctors regularly test Vitamin D levels as part of routine blood tests. Mainly because its measured level signifies the importance this vitamin can function in our body. There is increasing research that shows Vitamin D is involved in many vital actions within the human body.
Vitamin D deficiency has been shown, as a result, to play a role in every major disease that we see in our country.
The Benefits of Vitamin D
Traditionally, Vitamin D was understood to increase the absorption of calcium thus helping with osteoporosis and associated risks such as bone fractures. Now, we are discovering that its deficiency is a factor in the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Colds and flu
- Autoimmune diseases – just to name a few.
Because it is involved in so many important actions in the body, we recommend all our patients to use a dose of 10000 IU (International Units) for eight weeks as part of their health care regimen.
Typically, it comes in a capsule or tablet formulation where one capsule contains 1000 IU of vitamin D. So, the suggested dose equates to ten capsules daily for the first eight weeks. Seems a bit excessive? That’s what all our patients say to us! What you need to understand is that most vitamin D supplements on the market were formulated at the beginning of our understanding of its deficiency, and a 1000 IU dose was considered sufficient.
When one capsule is not enough
Increasing research now shows that one capsule isn’t enough. For this reason, I recommend taking this vitamin in a liquid formulation. This has two benefits :
- It’s more concentrated. Find a formulation where 1 drop is equivalent to 1000 IU, so you only need to use 10 drops in a glass of water daily.
- Liquid vitamin D is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream to start working to help you get better sooner.
When is the Best Time to Have a Level Check?
After eight weeks on 10000 IU per day, I recommend all my patients to get a blood test to see where their vitamin D levels are at. In some countries, it is not easy to get such a vitamin level test. I recommend you persuade your doctor that it is essential so that they can explain to you where you sit on the scale of deficiency.
My suggestion to patients is to maintain their dosing at 3000-5000 IU per day depending on how they are feeling. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist to help you determine what dose to take.
What should I look for?
Ensure your Vitamin D supplement contains the active ingredient Cholecalciferol. In some parts of the world, it is available as Vitamin D2 – Ergocalciferol. However, it isn’t the best form of Vitamin D to take as it is poorly absorbed into the body.
When is the best time to take it?
It is best to take your vitamin D at the same time every morning. Consequently, taking Vitamin D in the morning will help regulate your sleep cycle and give you better sleep!
In addition, aside from supplementation, we strongly advise that you take a healthy diet and do some morning exercises that will allow you to enjoy the benefits of sunlight.Leave a reply →