Is Vitamin D Good for You?
It’s winter, and we don’t get outside as much as we do in the summer because of the weather. Many doctors suggest high doses of Vitamin D in the winter or whenever your D levels look low. But, is taking high doses of Vitamin D good for you? This topic is controversial, so please do your own research. Here is where I started mine.
Did You Know that Vitamin D Isn’t a Vitamin?
According to one of my health mentors, award-winning physician Dr. Carolyn Dean, Vitamin D is a hormone. It’s purpose is to move calcium into the body. Her question, therefore, is, “When Vitamin D is low in the blood, does it mean that it’s done its job and the body has enough calcium?” As Dr. Dean says, “No one is doing studies on this important topic.”
What Happens When Vitamin D Makes Me Sick?
Some people have amazing results using high doses of Vitamin D. You might have seen their books and magazine articles. I did, so I did a self-experiment and started taking 20,000 i.u. of D. The next day I had constant low grade headache that continued until I stopped supplementing Vitamin D. Now that I’ve listened to Dr. Dean’s information, the headache makes more sense to me. I’m a magnesium burner (My body uses every bit of magnesium it gets.), and one’s body uses magnesium to activate Vitamin D. So, it seems that when I added Vitamin D, I shorted myself magnesium. Hence, the headache.
Vitamin D Supplementation
Of course, I’m not a doctor and I can’t tell you what to do. That’s why I urge you to research the relationship among Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin K2. I am sure you will be as surprised as I was when I found out how dependent these nutrients are on each other.
Once you’ve done your research, there are many choices out there. If you are like me and want to go the natural route, you can make sure that when there is sun, regardless of temperature, you get at least a few minutes in the sun with your head at least partially uncovered. I’ve also heard about using a light therapy unit 20 minutes a day. It’s effective for seasonal affective disorder. For me, I followed Dr. Dean’s suggestions and use low doses of a natural product called, “Blue Ice Royal.” Funnily enough, it reminds me of the cod liver oil my Mother had us take as kids.