Do you suffer from headaches, muscle aches, achy joints, increased levels of blood sugar and/or blood pressure – if so, it could be due to a Vitamin D shortage in the body. Each person should run his or her vitamin D to ensure that there isn’t a missed opportunity for wellness in the body. Furthermore, Vitamin D turns into a hormone and this hormone should be checked every 3 months when supplementing to ensure optimal levels are met.
Your skin makes vitamin D when it is exposed to a dose ofsunlight. How much vitamin D you make depends on factors other than exposure to sunlight including – your age and your genetics. Furthermore, believe it or not, your skin tone also plays a big role in the absorption of Vitamin D – the darker your skin, the more sun exposure you need to make enough of the hormone.
The body uses key nutrients in symphony and increasing Vitamin D increases the body’s need for other key nutrients. Key nutrients that should be replaced prior to starting Vitamin D supplementation include Vitamin A, Calcium rich foods, Vitamin K2 and last but not least: Magnesium. Magnesium is also a very common nutrient deficiency and is needed to convert Vitamin D into its final, usable form.
While vitamin D toxicity is not as common as many think, it is important to ramp up your dosage slowly with the other nutrients and with a skilled provider. Often, signs of toxicity” are actually caused by depletion of one or more of the interdependent nutrients mentioned above. Normal dosing of vitamin D depends on your blood levels and your medical history.
Low Vitamin D is a missed opportunity for your body and paying attention to your symptoms and overall wellness is also key to understanding when your body needs support. Vitamin D is essential for optimal health and sustaining wellness – here at MINNTS Health – we check vitamin D levels as part as the normal routine visit at the start of your health journey and every 3 months while supplementing. Generally, I aim to support my patients to maintain their Vitamin D in the 50-70 ng/ml range. You can learn more about Vitamin D and other tests we run at MINNTS.me.