We hear a lot about Vitamin D supplementation, especially in Ireland where our daily levels of sunshine are not that good.  Especially in those dark winter months.  But is supplementing Vitamin D continuously the answer to all our problems?
Firstly let’s look at some symptoms associated with Low Vitamin D symptoms:
  1. Fatigue.  This is one of the most common signs of prolonged low Vitamin D levels.
  2. Depression or Mood disorders, especially during winter months.  Motivation can often be poor as a result of low mood or depression.
  3. Weight Fluctuation.  Low Vitamin D levels have been linked to increased lipid or fat stores in muscle tissue, organs and other areas of the body.  This area is still being researched.
  4. Osteoporosis or Poor Bone health.  Vitamin D helps calcium absorption in the bones.  
  5. Inflammation and pains caused by inflammation.  This can include inflammatory pains in conditions such as Arthritis, Myalgia,firomyalgia Rheumatism, Bone or Muscle pains.
  6. Skin Conditions.  Redness of the skin can indicate inflammatory conditions.  
  7. Hormonal Imbalances
  8. Diabetes
  9. Hair Loss
  10. Auto-Immune Conditions.
  11. Insomnia.  Vitamin D plays an important role in our circadian rhythm, Melatonin, Serotonin a and daylight waking cortisol production and regulation.  
Who is More Susceptible to Vitamin D Deficiency?

Anyone who is not getting enough sun exposure to sunshine on a daily basis can be more prone to low Vitamin D levels.  This includes

  • People working Night shifts and Shift workers.  Our organs have their own circadian rhythm, and going against this can cause some difficulties over time.  
  • Office workers or other workers working long hours under false lights and no sun exposure
  • People who are overweight.  There is a link between low Vitamin D levels and obesity or overweight.
  • People with Chronic Health Conditions:  People with Autoimmune disorders, Cardiovascular disease, Hypertension, cancer are more likely to have low Vitamin D levels
  • People with more Dark pigmentation, or naturally darker skin colouring, are more likely to be Vitamin D deficient.  
  • Genetics also play a role in Vitamin D deficiency.  Genetic testing is something that can be considered for those who have poor Vitamin D absorption.  
  • Low Cholesterol Levels
What is Vitamin D & How Where to Find it?
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin.  This means it is stored in the body when not used.  Unlike Vitamin C and other vitamins, which are water soluble and will be excreted if ingested in excess amounts.
Natural Sources of Vitamin D include Oily Fish like Salmon, Halibut, Tuna, Sardines.  Eggs, Dairy and Raw Milk.  And Some mushrooms. 
The easiest way to absorb Vitamin D is from the sunPrevious studies showed that placing button mushrooms in the mid day sun for 15 to 20 minutes increased Vitamin D absorption to the recommended daily amount.  Vitamin D can be absorbed from the sun through your skin and your eyes.  Wearing sunglasses or sun creams with a factor as low as Factor 8 can actually decrease the amount of Vitamin D your body absorbs.  
Vitamin D and Hormones
Healthy Vitamin D levels are linked to healthy Cholesterol.  Low Cholesterol can indicate low Vitamin D levels.  Cholesterol is the precursor to Vitamin D – the first stepping stone – before we consider Vitamin D. 
Both Cholesterol and Vitamin D are important in maintaining good levels of sex hormones and stress hormones.  These hormones keep our endocrine system and our stress response in balance.  Too much or too little cause cause hormone imbalances.  
Increased cortisol levels indicate stress on your body.  Stress can come from internal factors, like heavy metals, environmental influences like family and home or job stresses. 
Over a prolonged and stressful period cortisol production can decrease due to burn.  Low Cortisol can contribute to chronic pain.  These pains are sometimes diagnosed as fibromyalgia and treated with pain management programs.
How to Check Levels of Vitamin D or Associated Stresses
To find out if you have any Heavy Metals contributing to your Body stress I highly recommend a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis which will show mineral levels, including Calcium, and levels of Heavy Metals and toxins in your soft tissue.  Heavy Metals can block the absorption and function of some vitamins and minerals contributing to Low Vitamin D absorption.
Low Cholesterol Levels may indicate low Vitamin D levels.  Your GP can check for your Cholesterol levels in blood tests, and if levels are too low this can be addressed with Nutritional Therapy.
If you are already supplementing your Vitamin D and your levels are not increasing this can indicate minor problems with your gut health, or other organs.  Good functioning Gut and digestive health are important for any nutrient absorption.  If you have Digestive Disturbances or Poor Gut Health this can also be addressed with Nutritional Therapy or it may be a time to have a closer look at your Microbiome/ Gastro Intestinal Health

 – Vitamin D is not just a question of supplementing Vitamin D  –

  and Supplementing Vitamin D alone is not the answer.

Easy Vitamin D Testing

If you would like to Test Your Vitamin D Levels please contact me here and I will organise your At Home Vitamin D test Kit 
This is an easy fingerprick test giving you a very clear Vitamin D level results within two weeks directly to your email address.  .
Enjoy the Sunshine – but remember – if your skin burns your levels are probably not where they should be!
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