But they all say it’s needed!
It’s on that list of supplements that we all should be taking, we’ve all heard we need this- especially during the winter and boost your immune system BUT is that vitamin D supplement actually doing more harm than good?
All vitamins and minerals affect each other. Especially mega doses over long periods. of time. Watch the video & read below to discover how taking a vitamin D supplement could affect other balances in your body to see if it’s the right choice for you.
Low vitamin d is something that has been linked to disease but what if low Vitamin D is not a cause of disease but a consequence of it- and really of imbalance in the body.
I’m not saying it’s not important- quite the opposite. I just want to get your levels correct in the most effective and efficient way.
We need to rethink our approach in general- instead of strong-arming our health, take a softer approach to work WITH our body instead of trying to get it to do what we want.
First off, why are Vitamin D levels low in the first place? Below are five of the most common reasons:
1. Low-fat diets
2. Lack of Sun
3. Magnesium deficiency
4. GMO foods/glyphosate
5. Cholesterol-lowering drugs
So what about supplementing?
A couple of reasons why it might not be the best idea to blindly start taking a vitamin d supplement- it affects other things in the body.
- It lowers potassium
- That can cause a whole host of things to happen: constipation, fatigue, nervousness, insomnia, bloating
- It can mess with calcium
- It causes your body to absorb more calcium (you want your calcium in your bones and teeth). This can mess with your thyroid, and of course joint pain/osteoporosis, etc.
- The body actually lowers our Vitamin D to try and stop this process. Our body is very smart!
- Iron storing
- In this video, I talked about how vitamin d is a direct antagonist to Vitamin A which is needed to help the Iron & Copper in your body be in the active form. Vitamin D lowers retinol in the blood and it can also decrease stores in the liver. Basically increasing the need for active Vitamin A, which we already don’t have enough of. One of the biggest problems is that even small to moderate doses of vitamin D reduce liver vitamin A stores and lowers the level of vitamin A in the blood.” A. Aburto, et al. This becomes a huge problem as now we can’t activate the Vitamin D binding receptor. But more importantly, without retinol, you cant regulate thyroid hormones
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Aside from the symptoms, the reason this matters so much is….
In the whole grand scheme of things, the 4 macro minerals are really important to balance because everything else will begin to balance once those are.
As it pertains to Vitamin D, Magnesium will help Vitamin D and will raise when calcium and potassium are in the right amounts because Magnesium helps Vitamin A be active in the body- it’s required for transport. BUT magnesium could further stress the adrenals if the other macrominerals are low. So it’s important to take that into accout.
Steps to optimizing Vitamin D:
-Balance your minerals
-Get outside for 20 minutes a day, no glasses, sunscreen etc.
-If in a cold temp get a Vitamin D sun lamp
-Eat magnesium rich foods, utilize Mg lotion or baths, and possible Mg supplementation when other macro minerals are balanced.
-Eat foods that contain Vitamin A, D, E and K: meats, raw or cultured dairy, mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines, eggs, liver, white fish and organ meats.
-Eliminate the use of GMO foods, toxic sunscreens and foods that contain synthetic D2 (milk, soy products, most cereals, pasteurized OJ and juices, and most other processed/boxed foods).
The moral of the story, is I have learned it’s not best to just blindly take a Vitamin D supplement, as you can see- there is always a cause and effect when you take extra supplements. It’s one thing to take a really balanced multi that is bioavailable. It’s another to just mega dose on various supplements.
P.S Here are some interesting studies: