Vitamin D, a deficiency 89% of Australian's have.
I know, something you weren’t expecting to hear. The statistics are correct, Australians are among some of the most Vitamin D deficient in the world – 87% of us to be precise, with New Zealand topping us at 89% Vitamin D deficient.
In 2014, now more than ever, we are saturated with medical literature on the benefits of Vitamin D and the dangers involved with Vitamin D deficiency.
So, how is it after decades of research and countless articles written daily on the benefits of Vitamin D, we still find ourselves falling into this deficient category.
“So wait, 87% of Australians are Vitamin D deficient?”
“Okay, so i need more sun?”
If you have been hiding under a rock and don’t know, most people will tell you, we get our vitamin D from the sun. What we aren’t told is what is required of our bodies to be able to activate that Vitamin D2 into its active form – Vitamin D3 .
In all the written articles, medical literature or visits to your GP, no one tells us where we are going wrong. So, lets look at why we aren’t absorbing our Vitamin D and what are the health concerns from here?
Optimal Liver & Kidney health is needed as these two major organs are required to transform the Vitamin D from our sun-rays into an active usable form of Vitamin D3.
Since vitamin D is absorbed in the small intestine, a leaky gut or inflamed digestive tract – which is common in people – reduces the absorption of vitamin D.
High cortisol levels (adrenal fatigue) are associated with Lower vitamin D levels. Activating Vitamin D from sunlight, requires cholesterol. Therefore in an adrenally fatigued person where our stress hormones are made from cholesterol, there is not enough left over for vitamin D production.
Obese people have lower serum levels of vitamin D because it gets taken up by fat cells and reduces the activity of vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it requires fat to be absorbed. People on low-fat diets, and people with conditions that impair fat absorption (like IBS, IBD, gall bladder or liver disease) are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D.
Prescription medications – including antacids, replacement hormones, corticosteroids, anticoagulants and blood thinners
Inflammation of any type.
Did you know, 50% of breast cancer & bowel cancer patients have low Vitamin D
My core belief – A healthy gut, digestive tract and a clean liver is paramount. It’s the difference between Disease Versus Resilience – My analogy to all patients, a gut/liver which has not been cleaned, detoxified or alkalized is just the same as never cleaning out the pool filter or changing the oil in the car, eventually over time, it will break down.
As more research is being released, we now know more than ever, Vitamin D is essential to healthy living and more importantly the prevention and treatment of Chronic disease.
“My vitamin D level is 48 nmol/L, what dose should i take?”
According to Australian pathology laboratories, our ideal range should be 50-300 nmol/L. This range is quite broad, therefore I recommend to my patients, 75nmol/L and beyond is best with an ideal range between 100-150nmol/L. Supplementing Vitamin D to increase levels can be a long process spanning over 3-12 months to correct deficiencies.
Supplement dose recommendations:
Vitamin D Below 35nmol/L – supplement 6000 IU daily for 3 months with a pathology review afterwards.
Vitamin D between 40 -70nmol/L – supplement 4000IU for 3 months with a pathology review
Vitamin D between 70-95nmol/L – supplement 2000IU ongoing maintenance.
If you haven't had your vitamin D levels checked, now would be a good time.