Have you heard the latest craze? It’s all about Vitamin D. Do you know enough about it to make a good decision as to whether that’s a missing element in achieving your health goals? Let’s examine the facts from the Vitamin D experts.

First of all, let’s categorize this correctly. Vitamin D is not a vitamin, is a steroid hormone! For the sake of this discussion we will refer to it as it’s commonly referred to which is as a vitamin. Who is at risk of having a Vitamin D deficiency? The elderly, dark skinned people, people living in northern latitudes and those people who are obese are the most at risk groups. People living in northern climates generally receive no vitamin D for an average of 5-6 months. Even in sunny areas, those people who tend to work and play inside or wear sunscreen can have decreased vitamin D levels.

Did you know there are 30,000 genes in your body and Vitamin D has been shown to affect/assist with over 2000 genes, which is one reason it influences so many diseases?

What are the health implications of Vitamin D deficiency? (Abbreviated list)
• Weight control
• Immune system-recurrent infections
• Autism
• Anti-hypertensive (it’s a natural ace inhibitor)
• Autoimmune influence i.e. Rheumatoid arthritis, MS
• Diabetes
• Irritable Bowel, Crohns etc
• Osteoporosis
• Heart disease, stroke
Anti-aging
• Insomnia
• Muscle pain
• Asthma
• Migraines
• Alzheimer’s
Depression
• PMS infertility, libido disorders
• Prevention of many types of cancers including breast and prostate. There are over 2,000 papers already published on the protective effects of Vitamin D against cancers on www.vitamindcouncil.com.

Where do you get Vitamin D and how much is recommended? The best source is through natural sunlight. The next best option is through supplement form and unfortunately cannot be obtained through foods alone. Vitamin D experts say that for a 150lb adult about 4,000IU are needed each day; for a 170lb person almost 6,000IU are necessary. Obviously it is different for each person according to where they live, skin color, etc. An average of 15 minutes of sunlight a few times a week is believed to promote optimal levels, depending on where you live.

How do you know if you have enough? I have found two options. First have your doctor draw a blood test, especially if you are having other labs drawn, and have it added on. There are two tests being offered 1, 25(OH) D and 25(OH) D.OH. You want the 25(OH) D as it is a better overall marker of Vitamin D status. The other option is to obtain a kit through www.vitamindcouncil.com. It comes with a kit with all the supplies needed to prick your finger, obtain a blood sample and send it back to the lab. Within approximately two weeks you will receive the result in the mail. The cost for a single kit is $65.

What’s an optimal level of Vitamin D? Opinions vary. One range is 32-100. According to the Vitamin D experts they believe levels should be within 50-70 for optimal health. So if you do the test and the level is lower than the optimal range how can you raise your level? The most optimal way is through natural sunlight or natural tanning lights. If natural light cannot be obtained utilize a quality D3 supplement. One note about supplements: D2 ergocalciferol is the usual form found in supplements. Avoid this form. Food supplements that contain D2 include rice milks, yogurt, etc. D3 cholecalciferol is the preferred form. D3 is converted to calcidiol 25-OH-D and then to calcitriol 1,25OH 2. The conversion involves primarily the liver, kidneys, and small intestine. It’s rare to get Vitamin D in your diet; fatty fish is the only source. Can you get too much? When you are exposed to the sun, the UVB rays cause Vitamin D to be produced in your skin while the UVA rays in the sunlight tend to destroy excessive levels of Vitamin D circulating in the body. It is somewhat of a natural failsafe mechanism. If you are taking a supplement just like any other, the cells can get too much and that’s why it needs to be tested.

Lastly, remember that any kind of supplementation/replacement of a deficiency in the body must be balanced with the other minerals in the body. Vitamin D is needed to load calcium into the blood and must be balanced with Vitamin K and other fat solubable vitamins and essentials. Sometimes we get caught up with one thing and forget that balance is the key.

Quantum Techniques (QT) is one tool to obtain the information regarding finding a balance with Vitamin D and other minerals in the body. QT is an empowering tool that identifies blocks in the mind and body that can prevent the body from healing and performing at optimal levels every day. This could be a low Vitamin D or other mineral level, a toxin that is being ingested or a stress or old trauma that is preventing you from healing. These are examples of what QT can identify and release from the mind and body.

For our discussion regarding Vitamin D, if light is not an option, there other sources of Vitamin D in supplement form I am finding to be effective. One is from Carlson’s called Solar D Gems. Another is a liquid form of Vitamin D from Pure Encapsulations. Another combination also from Carlson’s is Vitamin D with omega 3. Through QT you can identify which source would be most helpful for your body since everyone is different and you can also identify how much your body can use. There is a difference between how much the body needs and how much it can use. More is not always better. If you self test, which is an aspect of QT that is encouraged, you can identify which supplement would be significantly helpful or utilize myself or another QT practitioner that can check that information for you.

In summary, Vitamin D is an important piece in optimal health. If you are reading this article and you don’t know what your level is, I suggest you find out. Get it checked and utilize the suggested recommendations for having an optimal level. If it’s low, I would suggest getting it retested a few times each year until you have an acceptable level. Then retest it yearly so you know that level is being sustained. If it is low, there are more than likely other processes going on in the body that need to be addressed that are producing symptoms. Remember the problem exists long before the symptoms arise and the symptoms are the first thing to leave. What are you doing to assess and address the other areas of your health? After being a nurse for twenty years and now integrating chiropractic practices, I believe Quantum Techniques is the most complete and successful way to identify issues and clear them. If you are unfamiliar with QT go to the webpage at www.quantumtechniques.com and check it out. For those of you who are interested in finding out if there are more issues that are preventing you from living your optimal life, I am offering a free 20 minute scan during the month of March for new clients to QT. Contact me through my webpage on QT and see how you can achieve a higher level of health. This is an easy piece to healthy living. Choose to live an optimal life!

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Jenny received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in 1988. She spent the next 15 years serving a diverse population of clients from infants to the elderly in various settings with the majority of time in Emergency Departments in Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In 2000, she received her Masters Degree in Nursing. She spent the next two years practicing with a holistic physician in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she learned energy medicine and balancing the mind and body.

At this junction of her career, she started to see true health was more than symptom suppression and decided to take her health and career to the next level. In 2006, she received her doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and opened a holistic wellness clinic in Hampton, Illinois where she is now utilizing the framework of the emotional, structural, toxin and biochemical components to healing.

She utilizes a tailored wellness program for each person who chooses to embrace wellness and implements a core of healing elements to their care. The results she is seeing and sharing with her clients have been amazing and continue to improve. She utilizes nutritional testing, NET (Neuro Emotional Technique), TBM (Total Body Modification), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and the Lifeline Technique to aid the mind and body to heal. QT has now been an invaluable addition to this vast paradigm of healing. True healing comes from within and we are all capable of healing. It is having the willingness to look at ourselves in the mirror and work with practitioners who can unlock those elements that in the past have prevented healing. As an energy practitioner for Quantum Techniques, Dr. Jenny works outside of the role of a licensed chiropractor. I challenge you to take the next step and embrace the journey into vibrant health!