Vitamin D... What's all the fuss?

Vitamin D is a profoundly important nutrient that provides a vast array of health benefits. The question is, do we really need to supplement? And if we do, what’s the proper dosage? 

It is estimated that up to 85% of people have insufficient levels of vitamin D and are unaware of their deficient state. While conventional media and medicine promote sun avoidance, doing so can actually put your health in grave danger and cause vitamin D deficiency (Mercola.com). 

Vitamin D is a very special vitamin because it has so many uses in the body; it’s actually more like a hormone. Over 3,000 genes that we know of are symbiotically using Vitamin D. 

Dr. Robert Heaney, a professor and one of the most well respected researchers in the field, has studied osteoporosis, vitamin D, and calcium physiology for over 50 years. Trained as a physician and endocrinologist, he has been working at the Creighton University’s Osteoporosis Research Center, which he founded, since the late 1960s, with a focus on bone biology. “Inevitably, when you deal with bones, sooner or later, your path crosses with vitamin D, which is vital and important for a whole host of functions,” says Heaney. According to him, vitamin D is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in your body. When you do not have enough, that “machinery” does not work very well. Consequently, your entire body struggles to operate as programmed into our genomes. 

Optimal vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer by as much as 60%. Keeping your levels optimized can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers. Moreover, vitamin D can build your defenses against cancer and other diseases by:

  • Enhancing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which can replicate and cause cancer)

  • Slowing down the production and spread of cancer cells

  • Reducing the risk of other conditions as well, including type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness), and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Exhibiting its infection-fighting abilities in the treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, colds, and flu. 

  • Improving seizure control in epileptics.

The best way to attain Vitamin D is through sun exposure without the use of sun block between 10am and 2pm. The sun provides beneficial UVB wavelengths that are needed to optimize your levels. It emits two types of wavelengths at different periods in a day: UVA rays and UVB rays. Your body requires UVB for vitamin D production. Unless you’re living in a tropical region, you can not get vitamin D from the sun year round. That is why a good vitamin D supplement is essential for health.

Experts agree that adults need about 5,000 IU’s and children need about 3,000 IU’s per day to maintain healthy levels. Take a look at Dr. Karo's recommended Vitamin D supplement in our online store where Platinum Preferred Patients receive 5% off. Both of these supplements are of the highest quality and are coupled with both vitamin K, specifically K2 as MK-7 since they work better synergistically. Vitamins D and K are essential for optimal bone and blood vessel health and for maintaining the immune system in proper balance.

Reduce Inflammation & Sunburn

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Do you know the easiest way to reduce systemic (whole body) inflammation, reduce burning from the sun, maintain healthier skin, build a healthier nervous system, and improve digestion?

Get more Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Yes, it's that simple! 

The most abundant sources of Omega 3's comes from wild fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies. If you're not eating these on a daily basis you're probably too low and need start taking a high quality supplement. At Platinum Chiropractic we recommend our Innate Choice Omega 3's because it's of the highest quality.

When it comes to supplements, we only recommend very few because it is best to get your nutrients from your regular diet. However, taking an Omega 3 supplement is essential because we don't get enough in our diets and it is essential to our overall health, and more specifically our nervous system health. 

Click here to learn what to look for when choosing your Omega 3 supplement.

Diabetes Workshop Recap

June's workshop was a hit! We turned the practice into a movie theater to view “Death & Diabetes in the City of Angels” and had a great time speaking with director Jay Vera. Thank you Jay for sharing more about the why behind the film. I also want to congratulate everyone who attended the event. Actively learning is the first step to improving your health. Kudos to you all. 

Following the film we spoke about the difficulties we each face with regards to health. Our society makes it easy to be unhealthy, and consequently our communities are facing an epidemic of disease. But the good news is, we can  take our health into our own hands! How you ask? To start…our top 5 Factors in Preventing Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Cancer are: 

  • Having a positive community to support healthy lifestyle decisions 
  • Eating well (Reduce your Inflammation)
  • Moving well
  • Timing of meals 
  • Adaptability

We all know we need to eat better and to exercise, this is not a secret. However, most people don't realize the importance of your body’s ability to adapt. By adaptability I am referring to our body efforts to constantly regulate itself to the surrounding environment. We all learned this as homeostasis of the body, but it's more than that. Adaptability is how our body constantly learns and becomes stronger as we age and go through life. Why is this important? Well for example, it is this adaptability that allows your pancreas to tell your brain it has received a message of how much insulin to make, and that it know how to prepare for your next meal. And how does your body do all of this communicating? Via your nervous system. Which is why chiropractic care is so important, as it maintains the function of your nervous system, so your body can adapt! Pretty cool huh?

For those of you who missed it, check out the documentary via the link above.