Could Your Poor Health be the Result of a Vitamin D Deficiency?

Could Your Poor Health be the Result of a Vitamin D Deficiency?

January 6, 2020 0 By Ewald Bahringer


Hi, Dr. Huntington here. In this video, we’re
going to talk about vitamin D. The first thing to know about vitamin D is that it might be
the most important vitamin with regard to improving and maintaining your health. The
reason vitamin D is so important is due to two factors. First, vitamin D plays a role in
so many critical functions of your body. For example, vitamin D has a huge impact on your
immune system. It’s a major factor controlling your immunity to viruses. It also plays a very important
role in autoimmune conditions. Specifically, low levels of vitamin D can allow those conditions
to worsen, while higher levels help autoimmune patients to keep things in balance. Also, vitamin
D is a building block of many important hormones inside your body. Particularly steroids such
as cortisol, which are important to limiting inflammation within your body. In addition
the presence of vitamin D increases the absorption rate of several key minerals, including
calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc – all of what your body needs in order
to function properly. Vitamin D also plays a huge role in your metabolism by influencing
over 200 different genes that can prevent and reverse diabetes and metabolic syndrome –
which is a huge percentage of the health problems facing people today. Metabolic syndrome includes
high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol.. ..abdominal fat – and these problems increase
your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. So having adequate levels of vitamin D in
your body helps turn these genes off – lowering your chances of developing these problems. You
see, modern gene theory tells us that genes can be turned on or off. If you have a particular
gene that predisposes you to, let’s say, blood sugar problems… that gene can be turned on, which means that it will express itself and possibly contribute to blood sugar problems,
or it can be turn off, which means that it’s not contributing to what you experience with your
body. In other words if the gene is turned off, your experience will be just like if you didn’t
have that gene in the first place. So you can see just how critical vitamin
D is for your overall health – and particularly for people with blood sugar control problems, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and for many people that have stubborn
belly fat. Now here’s the second reason vitamin D might be the most important vitamin for
your health… Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic in most parts of the world. Some estimate that up to eighty percent of people are deficient, or have sub-optimal levels
of vitamin D intake or in their blood. So statistically, your chances of having low vitamin D levels
are pretty high. Therefore if we combine that fact that vitamin D deficiency affects up to eighty
percent of the population, and then we consider how crucial vitamin D is to your health, you
can probably see why I said earlier that it might be the most important vitamin for your
health. So where do you get vitamin D? Well the best way to get it is from full body sun
exposure. What is amazing is that your body takes the UV radiation from sun exposure and
turns it into vitamin D. You see when the UV radiation from the sun hits your body, it interacts
with the cholesterol in your skin to make vitamin D. To get what you need from the sun,
you need to get about 15 minutes of full body sun exposure, midday, in the summer and without
sunscreen. Now here in lies the problem for most people, and it’s one of the reasons why vitamin
D deficiency is now at epidemic proportions… Most of us are not getting the sun exposure
that we need because we work indoors, or we live in regions that are not near the equator,
or were afraid of sun exposure due to the association with skin cancer. Or if we are
in the sun, we’re wearing sunscreen, which blocks the UV radiation and limits, or prevents the
synthesis of vitamin D. The good news is you can get vitamin D from your food. Although the
spectrum of food that contains vitamin D is rather narrow and the amounts tend to be pretty
small. You can get it from fatty fish, such as tuna, mackerel and salmon – and you can also
get it from cheese, egg yolks, and beef liver. But due to a variety of factors, salmon is
probably the best option for most people. Now, even though salmon is relatively high in vitamin
D compared to these other foods, you’re not going to eat enough of it often enough to get
the vitamin D that your body needs for optimal function. So, if most of us are not getting
enough sun exposure, particularly in the winter, and we’re not going to be getting enough vitamin
d through our foods, how do you get more vitamin D? This is why most people don’t have
enough vitamin D in their bodies – and tens of millions, maybe hundreds of millions, of
people are sick to one degree or another – because they’re vitamin D deficient. The best way
to solve this for most of us is to take a vitamin D dietary supplement. That’s why
I created Vitamin D3K2 in capsule form. Each capsule contains five thousand international
units of vitamin D3. D3 is the form of vitamin D that you want to take because it is more
highly absorbed and vitamin D2, which is the prescription form of vitamin D. So D3,
which is the non prescription form of vitamin D, is the better choice. And my supplement also
includes 160 micro grams of vitamin K2. You should always, always, always take
vitamin K2 when you are taking vitamin D. The reason for this is so important – here’s
why… Vitamin D takes calcium out of the blood and helps deliver it into the tissues. That,
in general, is a good thing. However, vitamin K2 is the vitamin that directs where that
calcium will go. If you take vitamin D in the absence of vitamin K2, what will happen is
that the vitamin D will take calcium out of the blood, and much of that calcium will end
up in the soft tissues, such as your heart, arteries or muscles – not where you need
it. But if you take vitamin K2 with vitamin D, then the calcium is directed towards your
bones and other places where you need it – which is where you want most of it to go. So never,
never, never take vitamin D without also taking k2. There are also other forms of vitamin
K, such as vitamin K1 one. K2 is the best form and the one you want to take. Okay, so
get some sun exposure daily, eat wild caught salmon at least a few times per week, and supplement
your diet with five thousand IU’s that’s, international units, of vitamin D3 daily.
And of course, make sure that your vitamin D3 supplement also contains K2. Okay.
i’ll see you in the next video.