Are you really vitamin D deficient?
Did you know that when you get a blood test for Vitamin D and it comes back as low, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re Vitamin D deficient?
Most of us are aware that healthy Vitamin D levels are super important. The current approach is to test and if a person has low D status, they should take a supplement. HOWEVER, supplementation with Vitamin D is not necessarily the best solution for everyone whose test results come back low. There are other factors that cause vitamin D in your blood to drop! Rather than just “treating the symptom”, resolving the underlying problems can produce a better outcome (including returning your Vitamin D status to the normal range).
In this week’s newsletter, you will find out about these factors and save yourself from unnecessary vitamin D supplementation.
8 reasons your Vit D might be low:
Having low Vitamin D levels at the time of your blood test might mean any of the following:
- You have low calcium intake. You need sufficient calcium AND Vitamin D from your diet to sustain healthy blood levels of Vitamin D.
- Your Magnesium level is low. In people with both low magnesium and Vitamin D levels, correcting the low magnesium through supplementation is enough to correct both magnesium and Vitamin D. AND, taking large doses of Vitamin D can cause severe depletion of Magnesium.
- Your glutathione level is low (glutathione is a powerful antioxidant=protects your cells from damage). Having low serum Vitamin D can also mean your glutathione level is low. When glutathione or l-cysteine is corrected, serum vitamin D also goes back to normal levels.
- You’ve been exposed to polluted air. Several studies were conducted and support the hypothesis that exposure to air pollution lowers serum Vitamin D. So when you have low serum Vitamin D, you might not need Vitamin D supplements right away–you might need to improve your air quality and then re-test.
- You’ve been exposed to environmental pollutants. Examples of these environmental pollutants are phthalates and BPA. You may want to avoid these pollutants if you want the Vitamin D in your blood to remain at normal levels.
- You have favorable gut bacteria. What?! People with great gut health, particularly those containing butyrate-producing bacteria, generally have lower serum Vitamin D, but high levels of vitamin D in its active form. This makes Vitamin D supplementation totally unnecessary or even harmful.
- You have an inflammation. Since serum Vitamin D acts as a negative serum phase reactant, it decreases when there’s some sort of inflammation in the body. So when you have low serum Vitamin D, it is really worth checking out if you have some inflammation that needs to be addressed instead of going the supplementation route right away.
- You have imbalanced mineral levels. Vitamin D enhances the absorption of both nutritional minerals and toxic metals, and they affect Vitamin D levels in a way. Some decrease while others decrease the Vitamin D levels. Again are you really Vitamin D deficient? Or is it just that you are high in some minerals or toxic metals?
The next time you have low serum Vitamin D, it’s worth discussing with your health care provider about the other factors that might be causing it. Do you really need a supplement? As you can see here, the answer isn’t a clear yes.
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