What you don’t know about Vitamin D could hurt you!

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Do you take a Vitamin D supplement? You MUST read this article.

You don’t take a Vitamin D supplement? Check with your doctor AND read this article. Most people need to supplement with D.

Many women are familiar with Vitamin D. What is commonly known is:

1. That you get Vitamin D from sunlight.
2. That we don’t seem to produce enough of it
3. Doctor tell us to take supplement of D3 with calcium.

What many women don’t know is that:

  1. Vitamin D is really a pre-hormone that is formed in the skin because of exposure to ultra-violet rays of sunshine. (1)
  2. In order for Vitamin D to help Calcium be absorbed in the right places, K2 needs to be present.
  3. Most people don’t get enough sun exposure and there’s not enough in the foods we typically eat to get the minimum dose necessary.
  4. When your blood work is done, the preferred range of Vitamin D is 50 to 70 ng/ml. Those with heart disease or a history of cancer want that up to 70-100 ng/ml. (2)
  5. Vitamin D deficiencies are linked to: (3)

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  •    Breast cancer
  •    Colon cancer
  •    Prostate cancer
  •     Heart disease
  •     Depression
  •     Weight gain
       6. Your D3 supplement MUST contain K2 (yes, repeating #2)K2 makes the D do what it should, where it should.  K2 brings the calcium to bones and teeth and D is necessary for calcium absorption (K carries the calcium and D is necessary for proper absorption).

But there is new evidence that it is the vitamin K (specifically, vitamin K2) that directs the calcium to your skeleton, while preventing it from being deposited where you don’t want it — i.e., your organs, joint spaces, and arteries. A large part of arterial plaque consists of calcium deposits (atherosclerosis), hence the term “hardening of the arteries.” (4)

The reason I’m sharing this information is that, while many people understand that Vitamin D is an important supplement, they either

1. Don’t take it anyway or
2. Don’t realize that K2 MUST taken with D

Take your Vitamin D3 and make sure it has K2 (not K1 or K). Look for K2.

Of course, talk with your doctor first. You can get too much Vitamin D (but typically not from the one dose supplement you buy OTC, it’s always best to test or ask your doc.)

Here’s a great chart to give you a quick overview off all the conditions related to inadequate Vitamin D.

Vitamin D: A Brief Review (4)

Vitamin D is a key player in your overall health. The name is misleading — it isn’t actually a vitamin at all but a potent neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences nearly 3,000 of your 25,000 genes.1

It literally turns on and off genes that can exacerbate — or prevent — many diseases. Vitamin D has been shown to influence dozens of conditions, including:

Cancer Hypertension Heart disease
Autism Obesity Rheumatoid arthritis
Diabetes 1 and 2 Multiple Sclerosis Crohn’s disease
Cold & Flu Inflammatory Bowel Disease Tuberculosis
Septicemia Signs of aging Dementia
Eczema & Psoriasis Insomnia Hearing loss
Muscle pain Cavities Periodontal disease
Osteoporosis Macular degeneration Reduced C-section risk
Pre eclampsia Seizures Infertility
Asthma Cystic fibrosis Migraines
Depression Alzheimer’s disease Schizophrenia

One of the key factors explaining today’s high rates of chronic disease, besides poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. It is estimated that 85 percent of Americans have insufficient levels of vitamin D.

 

As our days are getting shorter and darkness is getting longer, it’s especially important to get your D with K2!

**Her Fitness carries this supplement from My Custom Cleanse. If you’re not a client simply go to www.mycustomcleanse.com and look under the Maintenance tab.

 

 

  1. http://thepaleodiet.com/vitamin-d-one-of-the-few-supplements-paleo-dieters-may-require/

 

  1. https://www.ondietandhealth.com/5-ways-vitamin-d-can-save-your-life/

 

  1. http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/the-truth-about-vitamin-d-why-you-need-vitamin-d

 

  1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/03/26/the-delicate-dance-between-vitamins-d-and-k.aspx