Almost EVERYONE Is Deficient In This Vitamin. Are You?

Do you take vitamins daily? Maybe you don’t and wonder what vitamins your body needs and why. It’s probable, that like many people, the idea of trying to figure out what to take just seems overwhelming. Where do you start?How do you know what your body needs? What happens if you take too much of something? Can you overdose on vitamins? These are all valid questions and concerns! Let’s start out by discussing what vitamins are and why you need them before we examine a specific vitamin that most people are deficient in.

capsules

Vitamins are organic molecules that are essential micronutrients that organisms (including us!) need for proper functioning. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore need to be consumed by either diet or supplementation. It is worth saying that most people are deficient in many vitamins. The food we eat today just does not have enough to impact the body how it should. In this article we will study the topic of vitamins and more specifically, almost everyone is deficient in this vitamin. Are you? Now that we have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out which vitamin that we are talking about… let’s dig in!

Vitamin D

pills

Vitamin D is a vitamin that is fat-soluble along with vitamins A, E, and K. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, these vitamins are better absorbed into the bloodstream when consumed with fat. You might be familiar with the fact that there are two D vitamins, D2 and D3. D3 is the one that has the most power and can raise blood levels of vitamin D nearly two times as much as D2 can. As a fat-soluble vitamin, any excess (which rarely happens) is stored in the fat of the body so it can be used later. In the body, vitamin D acts like a steroid hormone.

Almost everyone is deficient in this vitamin. Are you? When we say EVERYONE, we mean that this is on a global scale. In the United States, approximately 42% of the population has a deficiency. This vitamin impacts nearly every part of your life… it’s hard to imagine but it’s true! Every single cell in the body has a receptor for vitamin D! The Unites States Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 400-800 IU (international unit) which is approximately 10-20 micrograms. Most doctors usually recommend a much higher dose, because we are often incredibly deficient. If you take a vitamin D supplement, what you do end up consuming from your food will just add to that, which is a win! Vitamin D is one of the most common deficiencies across the globe.

Natural Ways to Get it 

nature loving

Sunshine – Most people probably think of the sun when it comes to vitamin D. Some people call it the “sunshine vitamin” because the skin, as our largest organ, can produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. A major problem is that most of us do not get enough sun exposure. Partially, this happens due to the region some people live in. This happens because there are just not many sunny days or it’s too cold part of the year to be outside and take advantage of it. Those that live close to the equator are more likely to have increased sun exposure. Another reason the sun doesn’t give us enough vitamin D is due to the use of sunscreen. We protect our skin from the ultraviolet light that comes from the sun, to prevent or reduce the risk of cancer.

relaxed under the sun

Food –Another source of vitamin D can be found in our food, right? Well, as we mentioned in the introduction, it is incredibly difficult to get enough vitamin D through nutrition alone. There are not many foods that contain significant amounts of this vitamin. Fatty fish like salmon, herring, sardines, tuna, oysters, shrimp, fish liver oils and egg yolks contain vitamin D3. Some mushrooms contain vitamin D2. There are also fortified foods that are enriched with vitamin D such as cow’s milk, soymilk, some cereals, and oatmeal.

salad

 

Why is Supplementation Important?

Many supplements were created because the food available today does not always provide enough of what the body needs to function at its best. Being deficient in vitamin D can cause illness, fatigue, back pain, depression, muscle loss, and more! A deficiency can be a source of muscle weakness, increase bone loss, and the risk of fractures increases. Vitamin D is important for bone maintenance. It helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorous which are helpful to bone growth. Vitamin D is incredibly important for both bone health and immune function. Because vitamin D is so closely linked to sunshine, sometimes deficiencies show up in the form of fatigue or depression. Often more time in the sun and supplementing vitamin D will help with these symptoms.

nature

How do you know that you’re deficient in vitamin D? Your doctor can request a blood test to check the level of vitamin D in the body. 25(OH)D is measured as this is how vitamin D is stored in the body. The Institute of Medicine suggests that a 25(OH)D greater than 20 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter) is a sufficient level. Less than 20 ng/ml is insufficient, and less than 12 ng/ml is deficient. When I had my levels checked, I was surprised to find out that my levels were so low they barely showed up at all in the test… my doctor immediately gave me a high dose prescription for 12 weeks. I had to take one 50,000 IU capsule per week. When that prescription was done, I was told to take at least 2,000 units per day.

The Top Notch Nutrition formula is high potency at 5,000 IU per capsule. You may wonder why this is so high given the recommended daily intake that we mentioned above. For most people, the deficiency is so great that much more than the daily recommended is needed as a daily supplement. One study showed that people with a deficiency needed upwards of 5,000 IU in order for their blood levels to become sufficient (or beyond).

We also want to point out that for a high percentage of the population, getting too much vitamin D is very unlikely. This toxicity is called hypervitaminosis D and occurs when there is too much vitamin D in the body. What problems could occur if your body has too much vitamin D? Calcium can build up in the blood, this is called hypercalcemia. This condition can cause nausea and weakness in the body. Never fear, again this is a very unlikely occurrence, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention it so you’re aware of the possibility. It is suggested that it would take over 60,000 units per day for a long period of time (several months) for it to become toxic to the body. Of course, we always suggest that if you have concerns or other medical conditions to consult your doctor prior to using any supplements.

 

Quality

Supplementing vitamin D daily is necessary. You can see from all that we’ve shared here that it is very difficult to get enough vitamin D into your body via sunshine and diet. Almost EVERYONE is deficient in this vitamin. Are you?

drink

We’ve talked at great length how crucial vitamin D is to your nutrition… which strongly contributes to your health and well being. We strongly suggest that you are aware of and careful of the quality of supplement that you consume. There can be dangers in sourcing of ingredients for supplements. An important component to think about when it comes to supplements is how they are sourced. If you are consuming a supplement, it is likely that you are doing so to benefit your health. It is quite scary to think that the ingredients and where they come from can hinder the health of your body instead of helping it.

lotion

Top Notch Nutrition makes a promise to always have clean and sustainable sources. The quality of the ingredients we use is always “top notch.” We will push through months and months of research and development in order to bring the absolute best quality sources to the products we produce. Did you know that many supplements contain ingredients that cannot be broken down by the body? They end up passing through the digestive system without providing any value to the body. Therefore, it is crucial to find supplements that come from sources that are clean and sustainable. This of course usually also means the body can put them to use. This vitamin supplement, like every product from Top Notch Nutrition contains nothing but all natural ingredients. We avoid anything fake or artificial at all costs. Our philosophy is “if we won’t take it, we won’t make it.” We work hard to put only real ingredients into our bodies, and you can rest assured that we do the same for you when it comes to our products.

 

Oil Used in Vitamin D Supplements

Sourcing is incredibly critical to be aware of when it comes to supplements. Yes, the label may say “all natural” but we always recommend looking at the ingredients and where/how they are sourced. If you’re not sure, especially if you have any food allergies, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer and ask.

The vitamin D capsules created by Top Notch Nutrition uses organic extra virgin coconut oil instead of using a soybean oil. Many supplements use soybean oil. Soybean oil is an oil that is considered a refined vegetable oil. Most vegetable oils are extracted from the vegetable via chemicals or a mill. This usually means they are chemically altered in its processing. Soybean oil particularly encounters heat, chemical solvents, bleaching and deodorizers. It takes all of that to pull an edible oil from soybeans. Think about this, do you want to then put that oil in your body? Also, you may recall that we said the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins into the bloodstream improves when consumed with fat. Well, pairing vitamin D with coconut oil will increase the amount that is absorbed into your blood, talk about a winning combination!

coconut

Another note about soybean oil… in connection to omega fatty acids, soybean oil is a huge source of omega 6! You might recall from other articles that we want to lower our consumption of this fatty acid. The standard diet in the United States is already quite unbalanced between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.By using organic extra virgin coconut oil in our vitamin D supplement, we keep the product free of chemicals and oils that do not serve the body in a positive way. This is just one example of how important ingredients are especially when you are trying to improve your health.

Conclusion: Almost Everyone Needs Vitamin D

reading book

You are probably considering adding vitamin D to your supplements after reading this article. Remember that vitamins are essential to the body for proper functioning. In exploring the subject “almost everyone is deficient in this vitamin. Are you?” we hope you can see just how important this vitamin is to your daily life. It impacts nearly every part of your life… which seems hard to believe but remember that every single cell in the body has a receptor for vitamin D! We, on a global scale, are often incredibly deficient.

Remember that supplements are designed to benefit your health by adding to your nutrition. It’s not possible for them to fix poor choices but rather fill a void in nutrients to aid in having a healthy lifestyle. Remember how important sourcing is and to look for clean and sustainable sources. From this article you can see just how crucial it is to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D every day. It certainly is not easy to do with just our food, so consider supplementing this vitamin. Top Notch Nutrition’s vitamin D supplement is a clean, high-quality source and we believe that you will love how it makes you feel!

Check out our “Keto Recipe Tips for Beginners” Ultimate Guide.

Almost EVERYONE Is Deficient In This Vitamin. Are You?

Do you take vitamins daily? Maybe you don’t and wonder what vitamins your body needs and why. It’s probable, that like many people, the idea of trying to figure out what to take just seems overwhelming. Where do you start?How do you know what your body needs? What happens if you take too much of something? Can you overdose on vitamins? These are all valid questions and concerns! Let’s start out by discussing what vitamins are and why you need them before we examine a specific vitamin that most people are deficient in.

capsules

Vitamins are organic molecules that are essential micronutrients that organisms (including us!) need for proper functioning. Most vitamins cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore need to be consumed by either diet or supplementation. It is worth saying that most people are deficient in many vitamins. The food we eat today just does not have enough to impact the body how it should. In this article we will study the topic of vitamins and more specifically, almost everyone is deficient in this vitamin. Are you? Now that we have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out which vitamin that we are talking about… let’s dig in!

Vitamin D

pills

Vitamin D is a vitamin that is fat-soluble along with vitamins A, E, and K. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, these vitamins are better absorbed into the bloodstream when consumed with fat. You might be familiar with the fact that there are two D vitamins, D2 and D3. D3 is the one that has the most power and can raise blood levels of vitamin D nearly two times as much as D2 can. As a fat-soluble vitamin, any excess (which rarely happens) is stored in the fat of the body so it can be used later. In the body, vitamin D acts like a steroid hormone.

Almost everyone is deficient in this vitamin. Are you? When we say EVERYONE, we mean that this is on a global scale. In the United States, approximately 42% of the population has a deficiency. This vitamin impacts nearly every part of your life… it’s hard to imagine but it’s true! Every single cell in the body has a receptor for vitamin D! The Unites States Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 400-800 IU (international unit) which is approximately 10-20 micrograms. Most doctors usually recommend a much higher dose, because we are often incredibly deficient. If you take a vitamin D supplement, what you do end up consuming from your food will just add to that, which is a win! Vitamin D is one of the most common deficiencies across the globe.

Natural Ways to Get it 

nature loving

Sunshine – Most people probably think of the sun when it comes to vitamin D. Some people call it the “sunshine vitamin” because the skin, as our largest organ, can produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. A major problem is that most of us do not get enough sun exposure. Partially, this happens due to the region some people live in. This happens because there are just not many sunny days or it’s too cold part of the year to be outside and take advantage of it. Those that live close to the equator are more likely to have increased sun exposure. Another reason the sun doesn’t give us enough vitamin D is due to the use of sunscreen. We protect our skin from the ultraviolet light that comes from the sun, to prevent or reduce the risk of cancer.

relaxed under the sun

Food –Another source of vitamin D can be found in our food, right? Well, as we mentioned in the introduction, it is incredibly difficult to get enough vitamin D through nutrition alone. There are not many foods that contain significant amounts of this vitamin. Fatty fish like salmon, herring, sardines, tuna, oysters, shrimp, fish liver oils and egg yolks contain vitamin D3. Some mushrooms contain vitamin D2. There are also fortified foods that are enriched with vitamin D such as cow’s milk, soymilk, some cereals, and oatmeal.

salad

 

Why is Supplementation Important?

Many supplements were created because the food available today does not always provide enough of what the body needs to function at its best. Being deficient in vitamin D can cause illness, fatigue, back pain, depression, muscle loss, and more! A deficiency can be a source of muscle weakness, increase bone loss, and the risk of fractures increases. Vitamin D is important for bone maintenance. It helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorous which are helpful to bone growth. Vitamin D is incredibly important for both bone health and immune function. Because vitamin D is so closely linked to sunshine, sometimes deficiencies show up in the form of fatigue or depression. Often more time in the sun and supplementing vitamin D will help with these symptoms.

nature

How do you know that you’re deficient in vitamin D? Your doctor can request a blood test to check the level of vitamin D in the body. 25(OH)D is measured as this is how vitamin D is stored in the body. The Institute of Medicine suggests that a 25(OH)D greater than 20 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter) is a sufficient level. Less than 20 ng/ml is insufficient, and less than 12 ng/ml is deficient. When I had my levels checked, I was surprised to find out that my levels were so low they barely showed up at all in the test… my doctor immediately gave me a high dose prescription for 12 weeks. I had to take one 50,000 IU capsule per week. When that prescription was done, I was told to take at least 2,000 units per day.

The Top Notch Nutrition formula is high potency at 5,000 IU per capsule. You may wonder why this is so high given the recommended daily intake that we mentioned above. For most people, the deficiency is so great that much more than the daily recommended is needed as a daily supplement. One study showed that people with a deficiency needed upwards of 5,000 IU in order for their blood levels to become sufficient (or beyond).

We also want to point out that for a high percentage of the population, getting too much vitamin D is very unlikely. This toxicity is called hypervitaminosis D and occurs when there is too much vitamin D in the body. What problems could occur if your body has too much vitamin D? Calcium can build up in the blood, this is called hypercalcemia. This condition can cause nausea and weakness in the body. Never fear, again this is a very unlikely occurrence, but we would be remiss if we didn’t mention it so you’re aware of the possibility. It is suggested that it would take over 60,000 units per day for a long period of time (several months) for it to become toxic to the body. Of course, we always suggest that if you have concerns or other medical conditions to consult your doctor prior to using any supplements.

 

Quality

Supplementing vitamin D daily is necessary. You can see from all that we’ve shared here that it is very difficult to get enough vitamin D into your body via sunshine and diet. Almost EVERYONE is deficient in this vitamin. Are you?

drink

We’ve talked at great length how crucial vitamin D is to your nutrition… which strongly contributes to your health and well being. We strongly suggest that you are aware of and careful of the quality of supplement that you consume. There can be dangers in sourcing of ingredients for supplements. An important component to think about when it comes to supplements is how they are sourced. If you are consuming a supplement, it is likely that you are doing so to benefit your health. It is quite scary to think that the ingredients and where they come from can hinder the health of your body instead of helping it.

lotion

Top Notch Nutrition makes a promise to always have clean and sustainable sources. The quality of the ingredients we use is always “top notch.” We will push through months and months of research and development in order to bring the absolute best quality sources to the products we produce. Did you know that many supplements contain ingredients that cannot be broken down by the body? They end up passing through the digestive system without providing any value to the body. Therefore, it is crucial to find supplements that come from sources that are clean and sustainable. This of course usually also means the body can put them to use. This vitamin supplement, like every product from Top Notch Nutrition contains nothing but all natural ingredients. We avoid anything fake or artificial at all costs. Our philosophy is “if we won’t take it, we won’t make it.” We work hard to put only real ingredients into our bodies, and you can rest assured that we do the same for you when it comes to our products.

 

Oil Used in Vitamin D Supplements

Sourcing is incredibly critical to be aware of when it comes to supplements. Yes, the label may say “all natural” but we always recommend looking at the ingredients and where/how they are sourced. If you’re not sure, especially if you have any food allergies, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer and ask.

The vitamin D capsules created by Top Notch Nutrition uses organic extra virgin coconut oil instead of using a soybean oil. Many supplements use soybean oil. Soybean oil is an oil that is considered a refined vegetable oil. Most vegetable oils are extracted from the vegetable via chemicals or a mill. This usually means they are chemically altered in its processing. Soybean oil particularly encounters heat, chemical solvents, bleaching and deodorizers. It takes all of that to pull an edible oil from soybeans. Think about this, do you want to then put that oil in your body? Also, you may recall that we said the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins into the bloodstream improves when consumed with fat. Well, pairing vitamin D with coconut oil will increase the amount that is absorbed into your blood, talk about a winning combination!

coconut

Another note about soybean oil… in connection to omega fatty acids, soybean oil is a huge source of omega 6! You might recall from other articles that we want to lower our consumption of this fatty acid. The standard diet in the United States is already quite unbalanced between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.By using organic extra virgin coconut oil in our vitamin D supplement, we keep the product free of chemicals and oils that do not serve the body in a positive way. This is just one example of how important ingredients are especially when you are trying to improve your health.

Conclusion: Almost Everyone Needs Vitamin D

reading book

You are probably considering adding vitamin D to your supplements after reading this article. Remember that vitamins are essential to the body for proper functioning. In exploring the subject “almost everyone is deficient in this vitamin. Are you?” we hope you can see just how important this vitamin is to your daily life. It impacts nearly every part of your life… which seems hard to believe but remember that every single cell in the body has a receptor for vitamin D! We, on a global scale, are often incredibly deficient.

Remember that supplements are designed to benefit your health by adding to your nutrition. It’s not possible for them to fix poor choices but rather fill a void in nutrients to aid in having a healthy lifestyle. Remember how important sourcing is and to look for clean and sustainable sources. From this article you can see just how crucial it is to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D every day. It certainly is not easy to do with just our food, so consider supplementing this vitamin. Top Notch Nutrition’s vitamin D supplement is a clean, high-quality source and we believe that you will love how it makes you feel!

Check out our “Keto Recipe Tips for Beginners” Ultimate Guide.
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