Vitamin D, the hormone needed !!!~ Say What???
Did Kelly just say Vitamin D and Hormone in one sentence???
~YES, I did!
Vitamin D, slash Vitamin, it's not a vitamin...
The IMPACT vitamin D has on your body...
we call it a vitamin but
By definition, vitamin D is a hormone, the body synthesizes it after sun exposure, and it's activated by the liver and kidneys. That activated form again acts like a hormone to regulate calcium metabolis and so much more!!!
Did you know this???
"By definition, vitamin D is a hormone, the body synthesizes it after sun exposure, and it's activated by the liver and kidneys. That activated form again acts like a hormone to regulate calcium metabolism."
Vitamin D is a hormone the kidneys produce that controls blood calcium concentration and impacts the immune system. It is also known as calcitriol, ergocalciferol, calcidiol and cholecalciferol. Of those, calcidiol is the form doctors most commonly focus on when measuring vitamin D levels in the blood.
How does vitamin D work as a hormone?
The liver and kidneys convert vitamin D (produced in the skin and taken up in the diet), into the active hormone, which is called calcitriol. Active vitamin D helps to increase the amount of calcium the gut can absorb from eaten food into the bloodstream and also prevents calcium loss from the kidneys.
One study explains that both vitamin D and estrogen work together to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The link between these hormones is due to the role that vitamin D plays in estrogen synthesis. This indicates a potential benefit of vitamin D supplementation in low estrogen levels.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin... it does not mean you can get too much of it... but most can take 5000iu per day and it will be no problem. Some more-everyone is different...
Very few foods in nature contain vitamin D , Natural vitamin D. Fortified foods provide most of the vitamin D in the American diet. The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, sardine and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin D are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Vitamin D in these foods is primarily in the form of vitamin D3 and its metabolite 25(OH)D3. Some mushrooms provide vitamin D2 in variable amounts.
Many people could meet at least some of their vitamin D needs through exposure to sunlight. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2005–2006, estimated vitamin D intakes from both food and dietary supplements. Average intake levels for males from foods alone ranged from 204 to 288 IU/day depending on life stage group; for females the range was 144 to 276 IU/day. When use of dietary supplements was considered, these mean values were substantially increased (37% of the U.S. population used a dietary supplement containing vitamin D.)
Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone and to prevent hypocalcemic tetany. It is also needed for bone growth and bone remodeling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Vitamin D sufficiency prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.
Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. Many genes encoding proteins that regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis are modulated in part by vitamin D. Many cells have vitamin D receptors, and some convert 25(OH)D to 1,25(OH)2D.
Serum concentration of 25(OH)D is the best indicator of vitamin D status.
Nutrient deficiencies are usually the result of dietary inadequacy, impaired absorption and use, increased requirement, or increased excretion. A vitamin D deficiency can occur when usual intake is lower than recommended levels over time, exposure to sunlight is limited, the kidneys cannot convert 25(OH)D to its active form, or absorption of vitamin D from the digestive tract is inadequate. Vitamin D-deficient diets are associated with milk allergy, lactose intolerance, ovo-vegetarianism, and veganism.
Vitamin D ~ STATS!
Asthma and low vitamin D~low Vitamin D levels in utero and/or early on in life has been associated with increased risk of developing asthma. So thruout life, regardless of age- would be no different-low vitamin D levels can impair lung function along with other related issues within our respiratory system. Only a few yrs ago when I first started studying Homeopathic Medicine, there were recent studies one in which I think it was published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.
I can speak personally about the correlation of asthma and cannabis/cbd oil. Being Certified in Medicinal Cannabis I can tell you that our endocannabinoid system is involved in the process of opening and closing the little bronchial tubnes in the lungs-cannabis has been the 'remedy' for asthma for thousands of years...What is our endocannabinoid system you may be asking? You can learn all about our ESC, AND speaking of receptors...Our Endocannabinoid receptors play a huge role in 'overall health' and by adding CBD Oil to our daily regimen along with Vitamin D the benefits are amazing!!
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High levels of vitamin D supplementation reduced all-cause mortality by a significant percentage, reduces everything with higher intake of vitamin D.
Vitamin D has a large impact on your immune system!!!
Vitamin D reduces the %'s of cancers
An increase of 20 nanograms per ml reduces MS by 45%
It's active in the differentiation & activation of white blood cells
Every cell in your body has a receptor for vitamin D. This vitamin is involved in many processes, as stated above, including bone health, immune system function and protection against the "C" word.
Dosing reccomendation: Did you know 75% population are deficient in vitamin D.
Base line, Maintenance if you are not deficient 10,000iu / 250mcg daily
Increase water Avoid calcium Avoid cheese
If you have bad gut health the more vitamin D your body is not going to absorb-work on healing your gut health! Take probiotics and if you are deficient in vit D you are more than likely deficient in one or more others too! Think about having an Energy Test done, which I do, or have lab work done to get your vitamin levels tested! See exactly what you are deficient in!
Metobolic issues if you have certain health issues requirements are going to go way up as far as base line dosing.
There are many issues that keeps your body from absorbing vitamin D3
If you have a virus or chronic infection the virus downgrades your bodies receptors. They block the absorption and the white blood cells need vitamin D to fight off the infection. So double the maintenace dosing reccomendation for awhile.
Need help with dosing or you are interested in learning more about an Energy Test please email me. I'd be happy to discuss this topic more.
Sources: My Studies, Certified Medical Cannabis and CBD Oil, NCBI, NIH Gov, Healthline
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