You could be vitamin D and B deficient and not even realize it!
When we begin to understand how our bodies work and the little (and sometimes BIG) signs that our bodies give us, we can begin the road to healing.
Why is it important to know if you are vitamin D and B deficient?
Being deficient in these specific vitamins could be causing you some issues that are confusing and can be hard to diagnosis if the doctor isn’t looking for them specifically.
First, let’s looks at Vitamin D’s importance to the body. Vitamin D is also known as the ‘Sunshine’ vitamin.
Vitamin D can help protect you against cardiovascular disease, Autoimmune diseases such as Fibromyalgia, MS, Chrones, Celiacs, Hypothyroidism, as well as, infections, influenza, viruses, and it also boosts weight loss and much more.
How does Vitamin D work in your body to protect you against these issues?
Vitamin D is first sent to many different areas of your body such as your bones, intestines, colon, brain, and immune cells. Unlike most vitamins, D functions as a hormone and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. It turns on key peptides in your immune system that trigger a response to effectively fight off foreign invaders before they can turn into infections and autoimmune responses. Autoimmune diseases begin because your body becomes confused and/or overly stressed, and then begins to attack its own tissue. Vitamin D prevents this from happening by promoting healthy T-cells which are responsible for differentiating between foreign invaders and ‘soft’ cells. Vitamin D will teach your immune system to not attack itself, thus preventing the development of autoimmune diseases. In a sense, Vitamin D makes your immune system smarter.
How do you get vitamin D? The best place to get it is from the Sun, hence the reason it is known as the Sunshine Vitamin. The problem is that most don’t spend enough time in the sun, and if they are in the sun, they use sunscreen which blocks the vitamin from penetrating the skin and absorbing into the body. Of course, scientists will tell you the sun is bad for you that it causes skin cancer, but they leave out one very important factor… that Vitamin D is needed to boost your immune system.
Other ways that you can get your vitamin D are from fish. Examples would be Mackerel, Tuna and Salmon, as well as, eggs and beef liver, but these foods alone are not enough. Of course, the best form is from the sun, but if you cannot get enough from the sun or from foods, taking a vitamin D-3 supplement can replace what you are lacking.
It is also important to tell you that vitamin D in the form of supplements are absorbed through the intestines and if you have stomach issues, it could inhibit the supplement from being absorbed properly. There is a little catch to this, if you don’t get enough D, you can develop what’s called leaky gut, and with leaky gut, many nutrients and vitamins through diet cannot be absorbed into your system properly leading to a D deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms:
- Feeling blue/depression
- Chronic pain or general aches & pains throughout the body
- Stomach issues
- Impaired wound healing
- Hair loss
- Brain fog or concentration issues
- Infections such as upper respiratory, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia.
The best way to find out what your vitamin D levels are is by having the levels in your blood checked. The normal range is between 50-70ng/ml. Your doctor can order this blood work for you and then decide how much vitamin D you will need to maintain an optimal D level. Once you find out what your levels are and begin a daily regimen, it is important to pay attention and keep track of any changes you may notice this way you know what parts of your body are responding. It is also important to have your levels checked regularly to ensure that the supplements are being absorbed and you are maintaining a healthy D level. If they are still low, your units of vitamin D may need to be increased until your blood levels come back within a normal healthy range.
Here’s to feeling better and getting your Health back on track. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series where I will focus on Vitamin B.
Love and Light
NOTE: As many of my readers know I have several Autoimmune dis-eases and they have challenged me almost my entire life. I am an avid researcher and like to know the ins and outs of what I have so that I can live the best life possible. Sometimes certain things are missed along the way and only come to light later on. I have known for some time now that I am Vitamin D deficient and have taken supplements for several years, constantly adjusting my intake by doing routine blood work. I Just recently I found out I am severely deficient in Vitamin B.
Many doctors do not administer routine blood work for Vitamin deficiencies unless they have a specific reason to test. In doing research into these Vitamin deficiencies, I discovered some very valuable information. That not only will help me in my Journey but I hope will help you too.