Liquid Sunshine and why you need it
Updated: Dec 5, 2018
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin, largely because we do not produce it in our bodies, we need sunlight in order to adequately synthesize and utilize it.
Here in the northwest where it is gray ad rainy for a significant portion of the year, getting adequate vitamin D is nearly impossible.Nearly every person I know locally has varying degrees of vitamin D deficiency. The good news is that it's easily correctable given the right form of supplementation!
What is the big deal with vitamin D, anyway?
Vitamin D is essential in order to absorb calcium and promote bone growth.
Vitamin D has been shown in studies to not only prevent cancer, but also inhibit cancer growth, as well as inducing cancer cell death (aka a BIG FREAKING DEAL!)
Vitamin D is considered neuroprotective! What this means is that having adequate levels of vitamin D allows the body to detox appropriately by boosting glutathione (will talk more about this in a later post), while simulataneously protecting the brain and neurological function. This research is highly important if you or your children have any neurological or phychiatric issues.
Vitamin D helps to support healthy mood and cognitive function as well as energy!
Vitamin D is a hormone that acts like a steroid in the body, significantly reducing inflammation systemically (inflammation is synonymous with disease- aka you don't want it!)
Studies have shown that adequate levels of vitamin D will kick the flu in a matter of 48 hours EFFECTIVELY.
This is significant because adequately boosting our vitamin D not only prevents disease, it helps to kick it if we come down with something like influenza that could otherwise take us down and cause significant issues.
If you have an autoimmune disease of any variety, then you likely have systemic inflammation. Vitamin D is highly effective at reducing inflammation by its ability to shut down the inflammatory pathway that leads to the production of cytokines. Cytokines are our friend in times of illness, or when we need to produce antibodies to something. However, they are not our friend when you have a wonky immune system (as in the case of PANDAS, or Hashimotos, lupus, ME and others).
I highly recommend speaking with a qualified practitioner to test your serum vitamin D levels and determine what dosage might work the best for you. I am currently taking Biotics Research Vitamin D- It was the only form that significantly changed my lab values (I went from 20 -over 75 in just under 3 months!) and brought improvement to my clinical symptoms. We also use this as part of our PANDAS protocol .
Do you take vitamin D? If so, what benefits have you noticed so far?
To your wellness,