Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey everyone! Welcome back to another edition
of Ask The ND. Vitamin D has long been known for its importance in keeping our bones healthy,
but, recent research is shedding like on the fact that Vitamin D may have more health benefits
than we first thought. In fact, Vitamin D acts more like a hormone in the body that
binds to receptors. Vitamin D receptors have been found in the gut, breast, bones, prostate,
lymphocytes, and even the brain. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf, and in this episode of Ask The ND, we’re
gonna spend some time talking about Vitamin D. Vitamin D is one of the fat soluble vitamins.
Food sources of Vitamin D include fortified milks, fatty fish, cod liver oil, egg yolks
and beef liver. Unlike most vitamins which we must obtain from the food we eat, Vitamin
D can be made by the body when our skin gets exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is very important
for strong bones. This is because we need Vitamin D to closely monitor and regulate
the levels of calcium and phosphorous in the body, which are essential to bone strength
and structure. So what else does it do in the body? Here’s the rundown. Vitamin D receptors
are expressed on our immune cells, as well as Vitamin D may regulate different arms of
the immune system. Some studies have concluded, individuals with low levels of Vitamin D have
higher risk for catching the flu during flu season. There’s also a strong correlation
between low Vitamin D and the risk for developing depression, cardiovascular disease, and certain
auto-immune conditions, such as MS, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and lupus. One of the
main focuses on Vitamin D is on its anti-cancer properties. While research hasn’t produced
any definitive results, many studies have shown that Vitamin D may offer protection
against certain types of cancers including breast, prostate, colon and ovarian. When
it comes to choosing a Vitamin D supplement there are two forms available. Ergocalciferol,
or Vitamin D2, or cholecalciferol, Vitamin D3. According to the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, Vitamin D3 is the best form to supplement with. This is because it’s the
most potent. Before starting a Vitamin D3 supplement, I recommend seeing your doctor
so he can run what is known as a 25-hydroxy Vitamin D blood test. This will help assess
the right dosage needed for you. An important note for new mothers is that infants who are
exclusively breastfed, and do not receive a Vitamin D supplement are at high risk for
becoming Vitamin D deficient. Our skin prevents Vitamin D toxicity, thus there are no reports
of Vitamin D toxicity from sunlight exposure. However, oral dosing of Vitamin D may cause
toxicity. If you are routinely taking a Vitamin D supplement, it’s important to have your
doctor monitor your Vitamin D blood levels. Thank you for watching another edition of
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on your journey towards happy wellness. From all of us here at LuckyVitamin, spread the

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