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Vitamin D Testing

2014 April 4 by

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Your most important supplement is vitamin D. For both prevention and treatment of health problems, vitamin D is the place to start. Vitamin D is essential for your immune system, especially in the prevention of allergies, autoimmune disease, diabetes, and cancer.  An amazing array of symptoms from headaches to tooth decay are all affected by vitamin D.

Everyone is deficient in vitamin D unless you are taking it as a supplement or you spend all day in the sun. That is because humans were meant to live in the sun in warm climates. Sun exposure to the skin produces vitamin D. Our bodies have not evolved from our hunter gatherer days, but because we no longer live in the sun we are all deficient. We live indoors, in houses, schools, and office buildings. 

Most people have a vitamin D level of 10-30 ng/ml, and we need a healthy level of 40-80. The only practical way to achieve that level for most of us is to take natural vitamin D3.

For adults it usually requires a daily dose of 5,000-10,000 mg of vitamin D per day to achieve adequate blood levels. Infants need 1,000 mg per day and older children need 1,000 mg per 25 pounds of body weight. 

It is also important to take vitamin K2 with vitamin D because you can become deficient in vitamin K when you take vitamin D. Vitamin K2 is necessary for bone growth, so the best vitamin D supplements also contain vitamin K. Multivitamin supplements do not contain enough vitamin D.

You can easily get a blood test to check your vitamin D status (25-hydroxy vitamin D). It is a good idea to take vitamin D supplements for at least a month and then get a test to see if the dosage is adequate to bring your vitamin D level up to at least 40.  Your health care provider can order a blood test or you can order a kit for a finger stick test from ZRT Labs and do it yourself.

This is the most important blood test you can get. And don’t be fooled by the false normal levels established by labs. Most labs will specify that a normal level is 30-100. That lower level is typical for our deficient population, but it’s too low.

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Preventing Eczema in Babies

2014 April 2 by

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The best prevention for eczema and other allergies of babies can begin in pregnancy. Mothers can do two things that have been shown in clinical research studies to prevent eczema and asthma.

During pregnancy take a broad spectrum probiotic supplement (20 billion CFU), and take vitamin D3 at a dose potent enough to raise vitamin D blood levels to 50-100 ngl/ml. That usually requires a dose of 5,000-10,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day.

Babies can begin taking both probiotics and vitamin D as well after birth. The vitamin D dose for infants is 1,000 IU per day, and probiotic dose is 10 billion CFU. It is also a good idea to take vitamin K2 with vitamin D to prevent deficiencies and promote bone development.

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Vitamin D dosage for children

2014 January 28 by

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Most doctors agree that infants should take vitamin D3, but there is variation among pediatricians and pediatric groups about the ideal dosage of vitamin D for babies.

This may leave parents puzzled about how much vitamin D to give to their babies. In the US and Canada the recommended dose is 400 IU per day. In Europe the recommended dose is 1,000 IU per day.

Make sure your child is taking an adequate dose of vitamin D, starting at 1,000 IU per day for infants.

Read the full article here at SAFBaby.com.

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Fighting Cavities with Vitamin D and Xylitol

2013 December 6 by

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Check out my latest article on the SAFBaby website.

A new study has shed more light on the problem of tooth decay in children. In this study vitamin D deficiency in children was significantly associated with severe early cavities in preschool children. Vitamin D is important for the formation of enamel and dentin in teeth. It also actively encourages the immune system’s fight against pathogenic bacteria that contribute to tooth decay….

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Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Headaches

2013 April 28 by

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Swedish study

Headaches occur more frequently in people who live at higher latitudes. The theory has been proposed that lower levels of vitamin D from reduced sun exposure at these locations may be the cause. A study was undertaken in Sweden to investigate the relationship between vitamin D blood levels and frequency of headaches.

Almost 13,000 study participants completed a questionnaire regarding the frequency, duration, and intensity of headaches. Their vitamin D blood levels were also tested. Results showed that those participants with low vitamin D levels reported significantly more non-migraine headaches. This association proved true when the possible confounding factors of physical exercise and alcohol consumption were considered Migraine headaches did not show any association with vitamin D status.

Treatment of headaches

Certainly on the basis of this study anyone who has headaches should ensure that their vitamin D status is adequate (a blood level of 50-100 ng/ml). This usually requires a supplement of 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day for adults and 2,000 IU per day for children.

Other excellent programs that prevent and treat recurrent headaches include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and neurotransmitter evaluation and support with targeted nutritional supplements. Adequate sleep and stress reduction techniques are also important components of a holistic approach to managing headaches.

Reference

Kjærgaard , M, Eggen AE, Mathiesen EB, Jorde R. Association Between Headache and Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D; the Tromsø Study: Tromsø 6. Headache 2012; 52:1499.

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