Low Vitamin D3, Health Problems & Obesity

Five years ago I was getting sick all the time with colds, flu, UTI's and taking antibiotics to get better.  Then I would get a yeast infection from the antibiotics and have to take medicine to get over that.  The cycle just kept repeating itself.  I scheduled an appointment with Utah Valley Wellness Center and they had me get a blood test that checked numerous hormone levels and other things.  One of the things they tested was my Vitamin D level.  If it is below 25 ng/ml many people have cancer or other major health issues.  My level was low, it was about 30 ng/ml.  They recommend 50 ng/ml or above, so it was no wonder I was getting sick all the time.  I started taking vitamin D-3 supplements and when I was tested a year later my levels were up to 55 ng/ml.

The great result was that I wasn't getting sick like before!  Just last week I started getting a sore throat and runny nose, so I upped my dosage of vitamin D (I took 4000 iu) and two days later I'm just fine.  It's amazing how our bodies can stay healthy when we give them the nutrients they need to function correctly.
You can buy a two pack of Vitamin D-3 1000 iu for about $6 at Walmart.  It's recommended children take about 2000 iu a day and adults take about 4000 iu a day.  Remember that Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin so you need to take it with good fats.  People on low-fat, or no-fat diets are probably not getting adequate levels of fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K.  They are all crucial for health and wellness.  Read more here.

There's a wonderful short video explaining why vitamin D is important and why we don't get enough Vitamin D (below).  Also check out this link for more info.

Dr. Mercola says obese individuals tend to have low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin at all but a potent neuroregulatory steroidal hormone, shown to influence about 10 percent of all the genes in your body. We now know this is one of the primary reasons it can impact such a wide variety of diseases, including: Depression, Alzheimer's disease, Schizophrenia, Cancer, Hypertension, Heart disease, Autism, Obesity, Rheumatoid arthritis, Diabetes 1 and 2, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Flu, Colds, Tuberculosis, Septicemia, Aging, Psoriasis, Eczema, Insomnia, Hearing loss, Muscle pain, Cavities, Periodontal disease, Athletic performance, Macular degeneration, Myopia, Pre eclampsia, Seizures, Fertility, Asthma, Cystic fibrosis, Migraines. Read more here.

Get your Vitamin D levels tested!  The video below will tell you what test to ask your doctor for.

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