It’s free…really! It’s often called “the sunshine vitamin” because your skin produces it when the sun hits your flesh. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, then it will cost you about 10 cents per day – that’s it. It’s in tuna, mackerel, salmon and certain kinds of mushrooms. Getting an adequate amount of it daily may just change your life. Yet, it is estimated that over 50% of us are deficient in this.
What am I talking about? Simple – Vitamin D. Am I exaggerating when I say that it might change your life – not at all. Vitamin D (D3) rates up there with food, water and air. Nothing in your body will function properly without adequate Vitamin D. Deficiencies of Vitamin D lead to everything from depression to chronic illness to inflammation (which leads to chronic pain).
WHAT IS VITAMIN D AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
There are two forms of Vitamin D. The natural form is Vitamin D3. The synthetic form, cooked up by Big Pharma since they can’t patent natural compounds, is Vitamin D2. The form you want is D3. If you take D2, your body must convert it to the D3 form to use it and many people have a hard time doing that.
Let’s talk about how much D3 you need, since a great deal of misinformation is out there on the Internet. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for children and teens is 400 IU per day. The RDA set by the Government for adults is only 600 IU daily. You need to realize is that the RDA is the amount needed to keep you alive… not healthy!
The accepted dose needed to maintain health is 5,000 IU – 10,000 IU per day. This may seem like a lot, but realize it is only 0.0125 grams – 0.0250 grams per day, which is still a very tiny amount. By the way, it takes 28.35 grams to make one ounce – so you can understand how tiny this amount of D3 really is.
Your doctor can order a 25-hydroxy Vitamin D blood test. A level of 20 nanograms/milliliter is considered very low (that would be President Trump at his first yearly physical). The recommended range is 50 – 80 nanograms/milliliter. Those of you that are deficient and supplementing should recheck your level after three or four months, but stop the supplements for a week prior to the test so your level will stabilize.
Despite its’ name, Vitamin D behaves more like a hormone than a vitamin. The biologically active form (D3) is known as Calcitrol. One of its main jobs is to work with parathyroid hormones to keep levels of calcium in the blood balanced – like a thermostat. When blood levels of calcium drop too low, Vitamin D encourages our bones to release calcium into the bloodstream and increase the amount of calcium we absorb into our intestines. On the other hand, when blood calcium levels are too high, D3 makes sure that our bones absorb more calcium and less is released into the intestines.
Taken by itself, Vitamin D may on rare occasions cause issues with kidney stones, since the stones are mostly calcium. This is often used as an excuse in the medical community not to supplement with Vitamin D. To be certain that you are taking D3 properly, you need to combine it with Vitamin K2 and Magnesium.
The K2 works together with the Vitamin D to ensure that both are absorbed better than if taken alone. The Vitamin K2 also ensures that your arteries remain flexible and do not clog up with calcium deposits (atherosclerosis). The Magnesium is needed to ensure that your body can absorb the D3 by making over 300 enzyme reactions work smoothly. The combination of Vitamins D3, K2 and Magnesium taken together insures that there will not be any deleterious side effects.
There are two types of vitamins: water soluble and fat soluble. The water soluble type (B Vitamins, Vitamin C) are not stored and leave mostly via urine. The fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) are stored in your liver for long-term use. Sometimes, the fear of overdosing on Vitamin D prevents people from supplementing with it. Please realize that this is mostly a myth. It is estimated that you would have to take 50,000 IU of D daily for weeks at a time to get too much. Headaches, nausea, vomiting and frequent urination would happen. But as soon as you reduce your dose, the symptoms go away – no permanent harm done!
When you are sitting at your favorite beach at high noon in your typical bathing suit, you will naturally make about 10,000 IU of D in about 30 minutes. So, just imagine how much you make from a day-long session. If Vitamin D were toxic in high doses, you would probably see dead bodies on the beach! I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall any corpses tanning in the sand.
Dark-skinned individuals take more time to produce Vitamin D than fair-skinned people. So, especially if you’re on the darker side, it behooves you not to use sunscreen until your skin starts to feel picky and turns slightly pink.. Most sunscreens block the UVB rays of the sun and prevent natural production of Vitamin D.
HOW “D3” KEEPS YOU HEALTHY
It seems that without this important vitamin, nothing works properly. Here’s a partial list of things that it controls:
- Helps stop Osteoporosis
- Prevents heart failure
- Reduces symptoms of Lupus
- Fights MS
- Depression and mood disorders improve
- Irritable bowel symptoms often subside
- Cavities heal!
- Psoriasis improves
- Fights skin cancer (Melanoma)
- Stops hair loss and may actually regrow bald spots
- Migraine headache frequency and duration improve and often disappear
- Asthma often goes away
- Carpal tunnel symptoms improve
- Boosts the Adaptive part of the Immune system to fight off infections
- Cancers of all forms usually become less severe or regress entirely
- Bone Pain lessens with adequate Vitamin D3
- Joint Pain eases with enough Vitamin D3
- Foot Pain is alleviated with sufficient D3
- Back Pain is caused in part by D3 deficiency
- Fights Inflammation throughout the body
Isn’t that a very impressive list? If you are a fellow neck pain sufferer, that last one is very important to you. When you reduce inflammation, you reduce or eliminate chronic neck pain. Here’s the bottom line: adequate Vitamin D3 is associated with pain control. That’s what our goal is in this program, right?
9 WARNING SIGNS OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
The symptoms of Vitamin D3 deficiency in general make you feel yucky. Here is a list of signs to look for (and if you have many of them, you should get a blood test done ASAP):
Firstly, let’s get one thing straight: some people that are D3 deficient have no immediate symptoms (like President Trump). Those who do have symptoms may experience restless sleep, muscle cramps (especially if you are also lacking Magnesium), general fatigue, inability to concentrate, joint and generalized pain, constipation or diarrhea, headaches and bladder control problems.
Here are 9 serious medical conditions that have been linked to D3 deficiency:
- ASTHMA – Daily supplementation with D3 using as little as 1,200 IU daily has been shown to reduce asthma attacks and lessen their severity.
- DEPRESSION – Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to depression, anxiety and poor concentration. Interesting, it has been shown that pregnant women who get adequate D3 have children that are less likely to develop mental illnesses later in life.
- HEART DISEASE – An article published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research shows that all forms of cardiovascular disease are more prevalent in those with D3 deficiency. Heart failure patients often benefit greatly by taking extra D3.
- HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE – High blood pressure as be linked to deficiencies in Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and Vitamin D3.
- RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS – RA can be devastating… causing inflammation, severe pain and joint damage. If you have ever seen someone with gnarled, deformed fingers – that is RA. Studies have shown that adequate D3 can ease the pain and stiffness associated with RA.
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS – Recent studies show that where you live influences the chance of getting MS. The farther from the equator you live – and the less sunshine you get – makes you more likely to develop MS.
- CANCER – Many different forms of cancer have been linked to D3 deficiency, including breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. The causal link is so strong that the Mayo Clinic lists separate recommended dosing levels of D3 for cancer prevention and prostate cancer treatment.
- PERIODONTAL DISEASE – This inflammation of the gums can cause bleeding, pain and eventually tooth loss. Vitamin D3 helps with the formation of defensins and cathelicidins which will lower the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) works synergistically with D3 to prevent and heal gum disease.
- DIABETES (TYPE 2) – When your blood sugar is bouncing between extreme highs and lows, this often is a sign of Vitamin D deficiency. This increases the risk of developing diabetes. In addition, eating excessive amounts of sugar degrades enzymes that regulate D3 and lows its’ blood level… leading to D3 deficiency.
SUMMING IT UP…
Vitamin D3 is an extremely safe vitamin that upwards of 70% of us are deficient in. Each person has their own tolerance to this deficiency. Some show no symptoms whatsoever, others suffer for years without a definite diagnosis.
Physicians have historically been reticent to test blood levels of D3, as they are trained to prescribe drugs that often mask the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency. You should request this test when a routine physical is performed. If your doctor is unwilling to do so, an inexpensive and readily available blood D3 level test in included in the STOP NECK PAIN NATURALLY program.
If you are interested in help with your chronic neck pain, including tips, tricks and advice from fellow sufferers, please visit stopneckpain.wpengine.com.
P.S.: If you would like a FREE Ebook called “The Survival Guide for Chronic Neck Pain”, please click here.
P.P.S.: If you know of anyone who might benefit from this information, please forward this article to them. After all, we’re all in this together and need to help each other. Thanks 🙂