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Tuesday, 19 January 2010 11:17

4 Best Ways to Increase Vitamin D Levels During the Winter

Without taking the supplemental form!

 

by Michael King

 

 

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CC-Four Best Ways to Increase Vitamin Levels During the Winter

 

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2 Minute Session Overview

The Session Overview below is provided as a courtesy to those who prefer to read than listen, yet on each call additional insights are given which round out the subject.

 

A Few Points about Vitamin D

  • Vitamin D is technically not a vitamin, it is a hormone, specifically a secosteroid (slightly different from a normal steroid like cortisol, testosterone, & cholesterol).
  • Vitamin D is necessary for the regulation of balance between Vitamin A, Zinc, & Iron.
  • Vitamin D3 supplements still requires sunlight, bile, pancreatic enzymes, intestinal proteins and well-functioning liver and kidneys to be most effective.
  • A functioning liver can store from 1-4 months of sunshine Vitamin D for wintertime use.

 

Health Impact of Vitamin D Deficiency

Deficiency of Vitamin D is implicated in numerous health conditions involving:

  • mineral balance,
  • hormone balance,
  • mood,
  • mental health,
  • fetal development and delivery,
  • neuron development,
  • muscle coordination,
  • blood pressure,
  • arterial health,
  • sugar regulation,
  • dental health,
  • cell replication,
  • bone strength,
  • and immune function.

     

     

    Testing for Vitamin D3

    • There are two kinds of Vitamin D tests -- 25(OH)D and 1,25(OH)D.
    • 25(OH)D (also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D) is the best indicator to test for.
    • Average blood levels of 25(OH)D should be around 50-65 ng/ml.
    • Test or no test, does it really matter whether you know what your Vitamin D levels are at? - Hey, it's winter! Do everything you can to maximize your Vitamin D levels naturally (without supplements).
    • (An overdose of vitamin D supplements can result in serious health problems: Over calcification of soft tissues, heart, and bones, kidney stones, hypertension, etc.).
    • The body has natural regulators that prevent an overdose of Vitamin D when derived from sunshine and natural food sources.

     

     

    How Vitamin D3 Forms in the Body Naturally

    • The formation of the active version of Vitamin D begins as 7-Dehydrocholesterol (note: "cholesterol") stored in the skin which is converted by UVB sunlight exposure into a pre-D3 form (cholecalciferol).
    • Cholecalciferol is then hydroxylated (oxydized) in the liver to become calcifediol (25-hydroxyvitamin D3). This is the form that is normally tested for when getting a D3 blood test.
    • A kidney enzyme is then used to hydroxylate (oxidize) the compound again into the most active hormone form of D3 - calcitriol (1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3).
    • In nature, fungi (mushrooms) assist in the synthesis of cholesterol-containing compounds.
    • Fat-soluble vitamins D, E, K and A are all cholesterol-containing compounds.

     

     

    The Importance of Cholesterol in the Making of Vitamin D

    • Cholesterol is an important component for the manufacture of bile acids, steroid hormones, and several fat-soluble vitamins D, E, K and A.
    • Cholesterol is also required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity at the cellular level.
    • Cholesterol is recycled. It is excreted by the liver via the bile into the digestive tract. Typically about 50% of the excreted cholesterol is reabsorbed by the small bowel back into the bloodstream for further use in the construction of fat-soluble vitamins.
    • Cholesterol is also an important precursor molecule for the synthesis of the steroid hormones, including the adrenal gland hormones cortisol and aldosterone, as well as the sex hormones progesterone, estrogens, and testosterone, and their derivatives.
    • Some research indicates that cholesterol may also act as an antioxidant.

     

     

    The Importance of Bile in the Making of Vitamin D

    • Bile aids in the emulsification, and therefore the assimilation, of fats.
    • Bile also aids in the construction of hormones (Vitamin D is a hormone).
    • Since bile increases the absorption of fats, it is an important part of the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins D, E, K and A.
    • Bile is naturally concentrated and stored in the gallbladder between meals. Following a meal bile is discharged into the small intestines where the bile helps to digest lipids through emulsification (this includes fats and fat soluble vitamins).
    • Bile salts are also bactericidal to the invading microbes that enter with food, reducing stress on the immune system, thereby reducing the strain on Vitamin D reserves.

     

     

    The Importance of Mushrooms in the Making of Vitamin D

    • In nature, fungi (mushrooms) help break down fats and cellulose.
    • Fungi also assist in the synthesis of cholesterol-containing compounds.
    • Fat-soluble vitamins D, E, K and A are all cholesterol-containing compounds.

     

     

    The Importance of Pancreatic Enzymes and Intestinal Proteins in the Assimilation of Fats and Fat-Soluble Vitamins

    Pancreatic enzyme lipase, along with several associated proteins from both the pancreas and intestines, are required to fully digest fats and to absorb essential fatty acids into the cells.

     

     

    Best ways to obtain these special hormones, enzymes, proteins & bile?

    Eat bitter foods, bitter herbs, digestive spices and medicinal mushrooms.
     
     

    4 Best Ways to Increase Vitamin D Levels During the Winter

    1. Gaze at the sun, especially on cloudy days (with eyes closed when the sun is too bright) - also provides other benefits too numerous to mention.

    a. Just gaze until the face gets pink. No need to burn or stress your system.

    b. Cannot overdose on D this way. No additional D is gained from sunburns.

     

    2. Eat bitter foods or bitter herbs with every oil laden meal to stimulate bile. (Digestive Bitters)

     

    3. Eat digestive spices with every meal to stimulate enzymes and proteins in the pancreas and intestines. (Digestive Bitters)

     

    4. Eat medicinal (and common edible) mushrooms regularly to assist in the formation and use of Vitamin D in the body.

     

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