We’re Soaking in the Vitamin D, What About You?

Spring is upon us. And, with spring, comes Spring Break for many of us. If you are heading out to a sunny destination, be sure to soak up the sun responsibly with lots of sunscreen and water. For those that are not headed to a sunny locale, where you will be getting a good dose of sunshine (approximately 10 minutes with your head, arms and legs uncovered), you should consider a vitamin D3 supplement.

Sun exposure helps our bodies to produce vitamin D, a critical nutrient that is essential for health and vitality. If we don’t get enough sun, or don’t supplement adequately, we risk developing a vitamin D deficiency.

Shockingly, one out of every 2 people in the world are deficient in vitamin D, and deficiency in this nutrient is considered a substantial risk factor for developing chronic disease or death. Thankfully, vitamin D supplements reduce your risk of disease and death and are very easy to take.

My preference is for  PureBalance Micellized Vitamin D3, a highly absorbable liquid form that both children and adults find easy to take.  I usually order labs to see what someone’s level of vitamin D is before recommending a dosage, but for most people 3,000 IU/day is a good amount.

One of the benefits to having a normal vitamin D level is that D works with your body to increase the absorption of calcium. If you also take calcium supplements along with your vitamin D, you definitely should consider adding vitamin K2 to your routine.  Vitamin K2 helps calcium get added to your bones and not your arteries and soft tissues.

Wherever your travels may take you, take a minute to consider adding vitamin D to your regular routine. Your body will thank you! Happy Spring and safe travels!

Yours In Health,
Tom


Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

40% of the world is deficient in Vitamin D…are you?

Your body can make its own Vitamin D from sunlight and a very small amount comes from a few foods you eat. When your Vitamin D levels are low, sun exposure is not enough to increase that number especially if you live in the Chicago land area.

Some of the benefits of Vitamin D include:

  • Boosts your immune system’s ability to fight infection
  • Improved muscle function
  • Improved cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
  • Improved respiratory health, for healthy lungs and airways
  • Brain development
  • Cancer fighting effects

A lack of Vitamin D has also been linked to some other conditions such as cancer, asthma, type-II diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease and type-I diabetes.

What is the ideal level?

The ideal level to aim for is between 60-80 ng/ml.  Most doctors are happy if your numbers are over thirty, but new research shows a large reduction in the incidence of chronic disease in patients whose levels were consistently over 60.

We recommend that adults take 5,000 IU/day of Vitamin D supplement in order to reach and stay at this level.

Interested in finding out your Vitamin D level? 

At PureBalance you can find out what your Vitamin D levels are through a simple blood test. Call now to take advantage of the $45.00 summer special.  224 521-1212.

What to take when your numbers are low?

We suggest PureBalance Vitamin D to quickly restore your Vitamin D levels into the healthy range.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid